Railroad Crossing Violations
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Illinois law requires drivers approaching a railroad crossing to come to a complete stop as soon as the crossing lights begin flashing and/or the crossing arms begin to close. Drivers may not cross the tracks until the crossing arms are completely raised and the lights stop flashing.
Drivers must also come to a complete stop when a person is warning drivers about an approaching train or railway equipment and if all forms of warning fail and a train or railway equipment are close enough to the crossing to represent danger. 625 ILCS 5/11-1201(a). Driving through, around, or under crossing gates which are closed, opening, or closing is considered a railroad crossing violation.
Railroad Crossing Tickets
Drivers of second division vehicles (motor vehicles designed to carry more than ten passengers) carrying passengers for hire, drivers of school buses, and drivers of vehicles required to display a hazardous materials placard are required to stop at all railroad crossings. 625 ILCS 5/11-1202.
Railroad crossing violations are considered petty offenses, which are punishable by fines. The driver may be eligible for court supervision, which would allow them to avoid a conviction on their driving record. However, a first offense will result in a minimum fine of $500.00. A second or greater conviction for this offense carries a minimum fine of $1000.00 and, the Secretary of State will suspend a person’s driver’s license for at least six months.
625 ILCS 5/11-1201(e).
A person who has received a ticket for failing to stop at a railroad crossing, or for disobeying a railroad crossing signal should consult with a traffic defense attorney, because a conviction for these offenses carries financial risks as well as the possible suspension of driving privileges. If you have received a railroad crossing ticket, Driver Defense Team may be able to help you fight it. Contact us today to learn more.