Maine LD 529: An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Motor Vehicles at Railroad Crossings

LD 529 (subjects: RAILROADS , CROSSINGS )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=529&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Sen. Bill Diamond of Cumberland: (D – District 26) — e-mail | Twitter | Facebook

0 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
2/26/2015 Senate Committee on TRANSPORTATION
suggested and ordered printed
On motion by Senator Collins of York REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
2/26/2015 House Bill REFERRED to the Committee on TRANSPORTATION.
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/23/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED
READ ONCE
Committee Amendment “A” (S-46) READ and ADOPTED
ASSIGNED FOR SECOND READING NEXT LEGISLATIVE DAY.
4/28/2015 Senate COMMITTEE ON BILLS IN THE SECOND READING REPORTS NO FURTHER VERBAL AMENDMENTS NECESSARY, Senator Saviello, Senate Chair. REPORT ACCEPTED.
READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (S-46).
Ordered sent down forthwith for concurrence.
4/29/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (S-46).
In concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/30/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
5/5/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 529 as originally introduced. L.D. 529 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (S-46) .

An Act To Amend the Law Concerning Motor Vehicles at Railroad Crossings

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 2076, sub- 2, as enacted by PL 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, 2 and affected by Pt. B, 5, is amended to read:

2. Warning devices. When a crossing is protected by gates that are lowered or being lowered, or a flagger or automatic signal is indicating that a train is approaching, an operator shall bring a vehicle to a full stop at a distance of not less than 10 feet from the nearest rail of the crossing. An operator of a motor vehicle approaching a railroad crossing shall do so in a manner so that the operator will be able to stop if necessary. The operator shall stop the vehicle not less than 15 feet and not more than 50 feet from the nearest rail of the railroad track and may not proceed until the operator may do so safely if:

A. A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device warns of the approach of a train;
B. A crossing gate is lowered or a flagger gives or continues to give a signal or warning of the approach or passage of a train;
C. A train is visible and is in hazardous proximity to the crossing; or
D. A sign, device or law requires the vehicle to stop.

A vehicle may proceed across the track when the gates have been raised, the flagger indicates that no train is approaching , or , if there is an automatic electric or mechanical signal device, the operator has ascertained that no train is approaching. An operator proceeding by an automatic electric or mechanical signal device shall use extra caution.

SUMMARY

Current law requires that when a railroad crossing is protected by gates that are lowered or being lowered or a flagger or automatic signal is indicating that a train is approaching, an operator of a motor vehicle must bring that vehicle to a full stop at a distance of not less than 10 feet from the nearest rail of the crossing.

This bill provides that an operator of a motor vehicle must approach a railroad crossing in a manner so that the operator will be able to stop if necessary. The operator must stop the vehicle not less than 15 feet and not more than 50 feet from the nearest rail of the railroad track and may not proceed until the operator may do so safely if a clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device warns of the approach of a train; a crossing gate is lowered or a flagger gives or continues to give a signal or warning of the approach or passage of a train; a train is visible and is in hazardous proximity to the crossing; or a sign, device or law requires the vehicle to stop.

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