RS 32:24     

§24.  Emergency vehicles; exceptions

A.  The driver or rider 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 or rider of an authorized emergency vehicle may do any of the following:

(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 or stopping as may be necessary for safe operation.

(3)  Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as he does not endanger life or property.

(4)  Disregard regulations governing the direction of movement or turning in specified directions.

C.  The exceptions herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when such vehicle or bicycle is making use of audible or visual signals, including the use of a peace officer cycle rider's whistle, sufficient to warn motorists of their approach, except that a police vehicle need not be equipped with or display a red light visible from in front of the vehicle.

D.  The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver or rider of an authorized vehicle from the duty to drive or ride with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver or rider from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others.

Acts 1962, No. 310, §1.  Amended by Acts 1980, No. 160, §1; Acts 2011, No. 98, §1.