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(A) The provisions of this title regulating the operation, parking and standing of vehicles shall apply to authorized emergency vehicles, except that a driver, when operating the vehicle in any emergency, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, may:
(1) Park or stand notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter.
(2) Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation.
(3) Exceed the prima facie speed limits so long as he or she does not endanger life or property.
(4) Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions so long as he or she does not endanger life or property.
(B) The exemptions contained in this section shall not, however, protect the driver of any such vehicle from the consequences of his or her reckless disregard of the safety of others.
(`90 Code, § 11-35)
Exception to traffic rules for emergency vehicle, see G.S. § 20-156(b)