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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.14 Division I Emergency Vehicles

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DIVISION I. TRAFFIC CODE

Chapter 17.14
Emergency Vehicles

Sections:

17.14.010 Displayed warning lights.
17.14.020 Exemption for emergency vehicles.
17.14.030 Giving right-of-way to emergency vehicles.
17.14.040 Following emergency vehicle.
17.14.050 Stationary emergency vehicle.

17.14.010 Displayed warning lights.

A. There may not be on the street any vehicle displaying any white or colored light, flashing or nonflashing, except as provided in this chapter.

B. The following class of emergency vehicles, defined in Section 17.02.230, may exhibit lights as stated:

1. Ambulances, whether publicly or privately owned, may exhibit red or white lights, or with a permit from the chief of the organized unit, may exhibit blue lights;

2. A publicly owned vehicle when operated by a fireman may exhibit red or white lights, or with a permit from the chief of the organized unit, may employ blue lights;

3. A publicly owned vehicle when operated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol or a Police Department, may exhibit red or white lights;

4. A publicly owned vehicle when operated by the Missouri Department of Transportation and all other vehicles owned and operated by a publicly utility, public service company or vehicle used for towing purposes with the approval of the Director of Streets, but only when going to a destination to perform an emergency service, may exhibit red, blue or yellow lights.
(Ord. 67324 2, 2006: prior: Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 826.010.)

17.14.020 Exemption for emergency vehicles.

A. The driver of an emergency vehicle may park irrespective of the provisions of this division, and if both sounding an audible signal by bell or siren as frequently as may be reasonably necessary and displaying at least one lighted flashing light visible in normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of 500 feet to the front of the vehicle, may:

1. Pass a stop signal or sign without stopping, but only after slowing down to a safe speed; and

2. Exceed the maximum speed but not to endanger the property of or the life or limb of any person; and

3. Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.

B. The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an emergency vehicle from the duty of driving with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others, nor shall such provisions relieve the driver from the duty of obeying the directions at the scene of the emergency from any person authorized by this division to direct traffic at the scene of the emergency.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 826.020.)

17.14.030 Giving right-of-way to emergency vehicles.

Upon the immediate approach of a vehicle displaying at least one lighted, flashing light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of such vehicle, or upon the immediate approach of a vehicle giving an audible signal by bell or siren, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, shall immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the right hand or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection, and shall stop and remain in such position until the emergency vehicle has passed.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 826.030.)

17.14.040 Following emergency vehicle.

No driver of a vehicle, other than one on official public business, shall follow any emergency vehicle traveling in response to an emergency call closer than three hundred feet, nor to drive into or park such vehicle within the same block where such emergency work is in progress.
(Ord. 58448 2 (part), 1981.)

17.14.050 Stationary emergency vehicle.

Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red, blue, yellow or white lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:

A. 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 at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or

B. 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.

C. Any violation of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred fifty dollars ($150) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500).
(Ord. 67324 3, 2006: prior: Ord. 66991 1, 2, 2005.)

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