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"Emergency Situation Driving Emblem" available to physicians as a result of CMA resurrecting an old statute.

This all came about thanks to a long-time member of CMA: James N. Eustermann, M.D. As a result, CMA and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) have put life back in a state law that allows physicians to exceed speed limits when driving to emergencies. The law (originally passed in 1959) provides a waiver of most speeding laws when the physician's vehicle displays a CHP-approved emblem.

The exemption applies unless the vehicle is being operated recklessly or without regard for the safety of others.

If you have a specific question about this new program, you should e-mail Bret at

All calls should be directed to the CMA Publications Hotline: 800/882-1262


A physician can fax back the order form. A physician can call the CMA Publications Line: 800/882-1262 On-line ordering will be available via the CMA Bookstore soon.


Members may receive one free -- in either magnet or sticker form -- and additional emblems are $10. Non-members must pay $50 each. Shipping, handling and local taxes also apply.


Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

Calls should go to the CMA Publications Hotline: 800/882-1262