Sec. 25-196. Not applicable to certain vehicles under certain circumstances.
(a) The speed limitations set forth in this chapter shall not apply to vehicles when operated with due regard for safety under the direction of the police in the chase or apprehension of violators of the law, or of persons charged with or suspected of any such violations, or in testing the accuracy of speedometers on police vehicles, or in testing the accuracy of the radio microwave or other electrical devices specified in Section 25-197 nor to fire department vehicles when traveling in response to a fire alarm or pulmotor call, nor to ambulances when traveling in emergencies outside the city.
(b) These exemptions granted to such a moving vehicle shall apply only when the operator of such vehicle displays a flashing, blinking or alternating red light and sounds a siren, bell, exhaust whistle or air horn designed to give automatically intermittent signals, as may be reasonably necessary, and only when there is in force and effect for such vehicle standard automobile liability insurance covering injury or death to any one person in the sum of at least one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) in any one accident, and subject to the limit for one person, to a limit of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of two (2) or more persons in any one accident, and to a limit of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one accident. Such exemptions shall not, however, protect the operator of any such vehicle from criminal prosecution for conduct constituting reckless disregard of the safety of persons and property. Nothing in this section shall be construed to release the operator of any such vehicle from the civil liability for failure to use reasonable care in such operation. (Code 1959, § 20-81)
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