The Law and Railroad Crossing Signals
In most states, motor vehicle laws read:
"Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing and signals indicate an approaching train, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and shall not proceed until he can do so safely."
The driver must treat the crossbuck as a yield sign and the motorist must stop whenever automatic signals are activated.
A driver is obligated to:
Railroad Rules and Special Instructions
The engineer and train crew also have responsibilities at crossings, which generally include the following:
To increase motorists’ awareness of the law, the railroad industry, through the Operation Lifesaver Program, has been working with law enforcement agencies to help prevent highway-rail collisions. OL stresses the importance of issuing citations in both accident and non-accident situations when the motorist:
Safety Tips at Highway-Rail Crossings