A.   The driver of any authorized vehicle, when responding to an emergency call 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 of any authorized emergency vehicle may:
      1.   Park or stand the vehicle irrespective of the provisions of this code.
      2.   Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as much as may be necessary for safe operation of the emergency vehicle.
      3.   Exceed the prima facie speed limits so long as he does not endanger life or property.
      4.   Disregard regulations governing direction of movement of traffic or turning of traffic in specified directions.
   C.   The exemptions herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of said vehicle while in motion sounds audible signals by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be 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 (500') to the front of such vehicle.
   D.   The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons or protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others. (1987 Code)