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Route 126 Railroad Crossing Enforcement Set for Sept. 12

Crackdown will take place on Route 126 west of Route 59 from 4 to 8 p.m.

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.  

JeffK September 09, 2012 at 03:52 AM
I love all of you who are so against those who don't follow traffic laws. As if all of you have never gone a mile over the speed limit. Did you run to the PD and turn yourself in and demand a ticket? There is nothing wrong with revenue, it's how it's brought in. Should we bring back parking permits because it's revenue? Keep raising taxes? There are ways to generate revenue without setting people up. Also this revenue is being brought by our PD whose first job is to protect and serve, not be a cash register for the village.
BP September 09, 2012 at 07:47 AM
So go to city hall and do a Freedom of Information for all railroad projects the city has to sign off on. It's a very legal like deal. Then file charges on the cops for allowing massive theft (At least $1.5 million I see in ICC records) of public paid for signals. Plainfield must be circle jerk central for the state railroad cops who will use these numbers while the RRs are being sued for deaths/injuries elsewhere. The equipment ---a corrupt us supreme court put the tab on the tax-payers decades ago ---NO BIDS and overcharges out the ying yang. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/notices/n4510743t1.htm
BP September 09, 2012 at 07:54 AM
Dear Mr. P Thank you for your interest in railway-highway crossing safety. Each state is required to track the dollars spent on railway-highway crossing projects and also report on the effectiveness of the program. This is required per the United States Code, Section 130. If you would like to review a report to see which projects were completed, please let us know which state and year you are interested in and we will send that information to you. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact our office. Thank you, FHWA Office of Safety Safety.fhwa@dot.gov From: bob todd Sent: Friday, July 20, 2012 1:31 AM To: FHWA, ExecSecretariat (FHWA) Subject: Railroad crossing fraud http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/legsregs/directives/notices/n4510743t1.htm Could someone explain why most state STIPs for their share of the railroad crossing budget is a fricking lump sum with NO statement of railroad crossing numbers or projects??? $220 million and the FHWA has no clue where it goes. No wonder people are murdered by trains EVERYDAY at unprotected crossings. What the railroads don't steal in overcharges the state people steal because NOBODY keeps tabs.
BP September 09, 2012 at 08:08 AM
http://www.fra.dot.gov/ Alleged Violation Reporting Form I made a complaint that all 10 of the Illinois RR cops are hanging in Plainfield with pedestrians all over the state on railroad property they do nothing about until they are killed and then the victims become dirty rotten trespassers.
my conscience September 09, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Tim/JeffK/Conservative ad naseum: you don't represent the values of the citizens of the Village of Plainfield. The police do good work. You are a continuing embarrassment to our community and deserve our ridicule rather than our support.

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