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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.  

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
o 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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