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. Wednesday, Sept. 12.
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.