Chapter 14 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC*
Section 14-165 Privileges of drivers of authorized emergency vehicles.
(a) The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding
to an emergency call or
when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, or when responding to, but not
upon returning from a fire alarm, may exercise the privileges set forth in this section, but subject
to the conditions herein stated.
(b) The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:
(1) Park or stand, irrespective of
the provisions of this chapter;
(2) Proceed past a red or stop signal
or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be
necessary for safe operation;
(3) Exceed the maximum speed limits
so long as he does not endanger life or property; and
(4) Disregard regulations governing
direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
(c) The exemptions herein granted to an authorized emergency
vehicle shall apply only when
the driver of any such vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren, or exhaust
whistle as may be reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one
lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance
of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle.
(d) The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver
of an authorized emergency vehicle
from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions
protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others.
(Code 1964, § 12.095)
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 300.100.