City Council changes decades-old EMS law

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by KVUE News

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Posted on December 6, 2012 at 6:22 PM

AUSTIN -- Austin City Council members changed a decades-old rule for Austin's emergency service workers Thursday.

Right now the city ordinance states ambulances can travel 10 miles faster than the posted speed limit on their way to an emergency, but police and fire crews are required to just use their best judgment.

EMS officials say their drivers are trained that way and want the same rules.

On Thursday the council voted to no longer prohibit those driving an ambulance from going more than 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

The city council also agreed to purchase six new ambulances at a cost of just over $1 million.

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