[CC 1984 §24-70; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.19; Ord. No. 3140 §24-31; Ord. No. 5203 §1, 8-20-2012]
Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one (1) lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light authorized by Section 307.175, RSMo., the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way. He/she shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as far as possible to the right of, the traveled portion of the street and thereupon stop and remain in such position until the emergency vehicle has passed unless otherwise directed by a Police or Traffic Officer.
Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying a lighted red light or red and blue lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:
Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way if possible, with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having a least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction of the approaching vehicle; or
Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
[CC 1984 §24-71; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.19; Ord. No. 3140 §24-32]
The driver of any emergency vehicle shall not sound the siren on the vehicle or have the front red lights on except when the vehicle is responding to an emergency call or when in pursuit of an actual or suspected law violator, or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire.
[CC 1984 §24-72; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.19; Ord. No. 3140 §24-33]
The driver of an emergency vehicle may:
Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of this Chapter;
Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;
Exceed the prima facie speed limit so long as he/she does not endanger life or property; and
Disregard regulations governing directions of movement or turning in specified directions.
The exemptions granted in Subsection (A) to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of the 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 (1) lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of the vehicle.
[CC 1984 §24-73; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.19; Ord. No. 3140 §24-34]
All Fire Department vehicles returning from fires or false alarms or when on other non-emergency runs shall obey all traffic rules and regulations.
[CC 1984 §24-74; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.19; Ord. No. 3140 §24-35]
This Article shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.