Route 126 Railroad Crossing Enforcement Planned

Plainfield police, railroad police will be checking for compliance on Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Editor's note: The following is taken from a press release issued by the :

In conjunction with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad Police, Canadian National Railroad Police, CSX Railroad Police and the Union Pacific Railroad Police, the Plainfield Police Department will be conducting an enforcement detail at the highway railroad grade crossing located on Route 126 (Main Street), just east of Route 59 from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

The focus of the enforcement detail will involve citing drivers that disobey activated railroad signals, stop their vehicle within the highway railroad grade crossing, and the citing of drivers of certain vehicles who fail to stop as required at railroad crossings, such as school buses and placarded vehicles. In addition, pedestrian trespassing on the railroad right of way will also be enforced.

Not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on the railroad tracks, it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway railroad grade crossing. Highway railroad grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway railroad grade crossing extends from protective gate arm to protective gate arm.

Upon conviction, anyone cited for stopping on railroad tracks driving a passenger vehicle will have their driver’s license suspended for 30 days for the first offense, and three months for the second offense.  Anyone driving a vehicle required to stop at all times at railroad crossings will have their commercial driver’s license disqualified for three months.

All violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code mentioned above bring with them a mandatory court appearance with fines and court costs up to $750.  

Moe August 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Learn how to drive, follow the rules of the road, and slow down. Then you have NOTHING to worry about. It's that simple. Just sayin'!
T-Bone August 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
And we are just A-Holes when we talk about how often they do this! Anyway... Did anyone else see the Cop on 30 north of 127th today on the side of the rode just sitting between the Corn Fields...Looked like he was writing a report...Couldn't do that closer to a business that just might get Robbed?? That was an efficient use of resources! I know...He can't be everywhere!!
Moe August 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I love the fact the the PPD are enforcing these railroad crossings. If you are ignorant enough not to know the rules of the road. Then you shouldn't be driving in the first place. So, I say keep hitting them where it counts, right in the pocket book.
JeffK August 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Enjoy it while you can because as of next April it's OVER.
Tim August 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
It's would be a start. But the actual solution, that has been implemented in every single town(except Plainfield) is to upgrade the crossing to give people enough clearance so they DONT stop on the tracks. Downers Grove did this. Westmont did this. Elmhurst did this. And lest you think it's only 'rich' areas that do this... Plano did this. The solution has always been to put stop lights at the crossing, that are timed with the lights at the intersection of 126 and 59. When done properly, it almost completely reduces incidents of people getting stuck 'in the zone'(NOT on the tracks) because a semi in front of them stops short. In every other town, the police department presents their report to the board suggesting ways to improve the traffic and increase safety... PERMANENTLY. Plainfled has not even taken that first step in.. what has it been now? 3 years! It's baffling to watch them pretend to care about safety, when it could not be more obvious that they care about the income from the fines. If they upgraded the crossing, their 'revenue' would fall off(but people would ACTUALLY be safer)
Hugo August 18, 2012 at 04:02 AM
Why is Plainfield the one writing all the tickets? All the railroad guys seem to stand around rather idly. Why are they even out there? Moral support?
oldschool August 18, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Hey, I got stuck at this crossing for a long time last week when the gates were down and not a train in sight. The gates at 126 and Naper-Plfd were stuck down. Can we write the railroad a ticket?
BP August 18, 2012 at 04:25 AM
The LAW says police flag until the junk equipment is repaired and the railroad re-pays the police. http://beaconnews.suntimes.com/news/14482677-418/120-tickets-issued-in-route-30-traffic-crackdown.html Seems cracker jack Plainfield were out of their jurisdiction getting their give a ticket fix.
BitterBluePoison August 18, 2012 at 04:26 AM
I am glad I live in America...Land of the "FREE". Glad the government is there to correct & protect me when my Mommie & Daddie aren't around. What kind of life would I live if left to my own devices. How the hell did this Country ever get settled!?
Moe August 18, 2012 at 05:48 AM
As I've said before, Learn how to drive, follow the rules of the road, and slow down. Then you have NOTHING to worry about. It's that simple.
BP August 18, 2012 at 08:13 AM
Hugo August 18, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Let's remind our viewers that BP doesn't even live in the STATE, let alone Plainfield.
Tom H August 18, 2012 at 09:32 PM
You ever think about that is his zone to patrol. There is 6 businesses in that zone, 90 % residential houses
Tom H August 18, 2012 at 09:35 PM
All the officers conducting this enforcement are traffic officers that are NOT assigned to the patrol division and the remainder are CN and other RR police. So the other 4 zone officers are patrolling the town of 41,000 people
Tom H August 19, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Actually, NO. each department stayed within their jurisdiction enforcing violations. The state police, along with all RR police were traveling all over enforcing violations. You should know ur facts before posting......
Tom H August 19, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Express your concerns with the traffic division and/or CN RR Police
Tom H August 19, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Tim, why don't you go to a village board meeting and express your concerns. I have to admit i do not atten them, but I DO read all the meeting minutes from each meeting online. You can read them if you go to PLFD village website. I've never seen 1 concern regarding this crossing.
Tim August 19, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Tom, This has been brought to the attention of the board for decades now(since the early 80's). You admit to not having enough time to go to even one meeting yourself, so try doing that for dozens of meetings and getting nowhere. I alone am not the village government, I have other priorities in my life than trying to point out that they are sub par when compared to surrounding communities that have done these upgrades, and getting nowhere. So no, I no longer attend village meetings. My points have been raised, and ignored. Sadly, after all these years I have come to the conclusion that nothing will get done until someone dies on those tracks, or there is a major industrial accident from a tanker truck. I agree that it would be nice to be proactive, but that is just not the way Plainfield government works. All they see is the revenue coming in from the tickets.
Tom H August 19, 2012 at 03:05 AM
I've seen some of these updated crossings, they do not have the flashing sign like the 126/59 crossing,, but some of have a larger painted section on the pavement.
Tim August 19, 2012 at 03:22 AM
^cont Which I am completely fine with, since I spend most of my social time in more modern downtown areas in the suburbs, other than Plainfield. Yet I continue to hear from the residents about how upset they are that their village taxes keep going up, and how Plainfield can't attract and keep good business. The infrastructure of any town, and its success or failure is intimately related. If the residents want an 'antiquated' town core, they should expect to pay for it. Because it certainly isn't going to attract any businesses, when compared to the nearby alternatives.
Tim August 19, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Tom, This is how Plano has done it; http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=41.656649,-88.559169&z=20&t=h&hl=en Notice how the light is at the crossing, instead of the intersection. The same can be accomplished at the 126/59 RR crossing by timing the crossing light(which obviously doesn't exist yet), to the light at 59. It is not a difficult solution, which is why many towns have already done it for the more dangerous intersections. If the traffic flow has gotten to a point where cars routinely end up on the tracks(whether other posters think they are stupid drivers or not, it doesn't matter), then there is a problem with the design of the traffic flow, not a problem with the drivers.
BP August 19, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Cornfield---Beanfield---Plainfield ---What's your point? Why doesn't the city have a search on their web-site or they like things hidden? Especially the $147,000 scam in 2002 to replace the crossing gates at the Main street crossing with non other than the clone gates that were there before which the city would of had to sign off on. That and the UN-signaled sidewalk put in there lately the city would have to pay the railroad to do it, with overcharges out the ying yang.
Tom H August 19, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The Plano intersection looks like the 127th / route 30 intersection. Only issue I see is there is approx 100 yds of roadway between the tracks and intersection of 59/126.
Tim August 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Here's an intersection in Lagrange; http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=41.813684,-87.879355&z=19&t=h&hl=en It can be any distance away. The point is to sync up the timing of the two lights to avoid long lines of traffic. There is no reason it can't be done. And since it involves railroad property, the railroad(CN) would be picking up a share of the upgrade bill. This is why nobody believes them when they claim it has anything to do with 'safety'. If that was the case, they would be well on the way to getting this crossing upgraded, to handle a traffic flow that did not exist 30 years ago. The village got involved in putting a light on rt 59 for no other purpose but the church parking lot traffic on Sunday, yet they can't get involved with a light at this crossing that is backed up every single day in the afternoon?
T-Bone August 19, 2012 at 05:38 PM
My point is why hide and not be visible?? Come on, stop making any excuse!
BP August 19, 2012 at 05:44 PM
I believe your the only one in Plainfield that really gets it. http://www.icc.illinois.gov/railroad/crossing.aspx?dotId=079512N In search: put preemption and go to first document. The state paid Union Pacific close to $500,000 to steal the preemption circuitry off of 7 crossings awhile back. A small drop in a very large tax-payer bucket the railroads rob us on.
BP August 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/xings/com_roaduser/07010/sec04b.htm 15. Preemption of Traffic Signals Where a signalized highway intersection exists in close proximity to a railroad crossing, the railroad and traffic signal control equipment should be interconnected, and the normal operation of the traffic signals controlling the intersection should be preempted to operate in a special control mode when trains are approaching (see MUTCD Sections 8D.07 and 10D.05). A preemption sequence compatible with railroad crossing active traffic control devices is extremely important to provide safe vehicular and pedestrian movements. Such preemption serves to ensure that the actions of these separate traffic control devices complement rather than conflict with each other. The text beginning on the next page incorporates key provisions of a recommended practice prepared by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).97
Concerned (NL) August 20, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Plainfield PD should wait in the Westfield family rest parking lot and pull over all the illiegals that work there that drive to and from work every day - although I think this might belong to Joliet. I would still like to see the unlicensed drivers off the road.
Hugo August 26, 2012 at 02:17 AM
>>Cornfield---Beanfield---Plainfield ---What's your point? That you're a model choo-choo geek who's obsessed with control.
HollyB August 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM
30 days license suspension for the first offense?!


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