2015 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 66 - Motor Vehicles
Section 7 Traffic Laws; Signs, Signals and Markings; Accidents; Weight and Size; Traffic Safety
Section 1 APPLICATION OF TRAFFIC LAWS
Section 66-7-6 Authorized emergency vehicles.
66-7-6. Authorized emergency vehicles.
A. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in 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 subject to the conditions stated. The chief of the New Mexico state police or the appropriate local agency may designate emergency vehicles and revoke the designation. When vehicles are so designated, they are authorized emergency vehicles.
B. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:
(1) park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of the Motor Vehicle Code [66-1-1 NMSA 1978];
(2) proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as 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 granted to an authorized emergency vehicle apply only when the driver of the vehicle, while in motion, sounds an audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as 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 feet to the front of the vehicle, except that an authorized emergency vehicle operated as a police vehicle need not be equipped with or display a red light visible from in front of the vehicle.
D. This section does not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons nor does it protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others.
History: 1953 Comp., 64-7-6, enacted by Laws 1978, ch. 35, 376; 1989, ch. 318, 22.
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