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(A) Obedience to signal of train.
(1) Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing and warning is given by automatic signal or crossing gates or a flag person or otherwise of the immediate approach of a train, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within 50 feet, but not less than 15 feet from the nearest track of such railroad and shall not proceed until he or she can do so safely.
(2) The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain standing and shall not traverse such a grade crossing when a crossing gate is lowered or when a human flag person gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a train.
(2013 Code, § 20-201)
(B) Stopping at railroad crossing. The driver of any vehicle approaching a railroad grade crossing across which traffic is regulated by a stop sign, a railroad sign directing traffic to stop or an official traffic control signal displaying a flashing red or steady circular red colored light shall stop prior to crossing the railroad at the first opportunity at either the clearly marked stop line or at a point near the crossing where the driver has a clear view of the approaching railroad traffic.
(2013 Code, § 20-202)
(C) Certain vehicles required to stop at railroad crossings.
(1) (a) The driver of a motor vehicle carrying passengers for hire, a school bus or a vehicle carrying hazardous material and required to stop before crossing a railroad track by motor carrier safety rules adopted under I.C.A. § 321.449, before crossing at grade any track of a railroad, shall stop the vehicle within 50 feet, but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail.
(b) While stopped, the driver shall listen and look in both directions for an approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train and shall not proceed until the driver can do so safely.
(2) No stop need be made at a crossing where a peace officer or a traffic control device directs traffic to proceed. No stop need be made at a crossing designated by an “exempt” sign. An exempt sign shall be posted only where the tracks have been partially removed on either side of the roadway.
(2013 Code, § 20-203)
(D) Heavy equipment at railroad crossing.
(1) No person shall operate or move any caterpillar tractor, steam shovel, derrick, roller or any equipment or structure having a normal operating speed of six or less mph or a vertical body or load clearance of less than nine inches above the level surface of a roadway upon or across any tracks at a railroad grade crossing without first complying with this section.
(2) Notice of any such intended crossing shall be given to a superintendent of such railroad, and a reasonable time shall be given to such railroad to provide proper protection at such crossing.
(3) Before making any such crossing, the person operating or moving any such vehicle or equipment shall first stop the vehicle or equipment not less than ten feet or more than 50 feet from the nearest rail of such railway and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along such track for any approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train and shall not proceed until the crossing can be made safely.
(4) No such crossing shall be made when warning is given by automatic signal or crossing gates or a flag person or otherwise of the immediate approach of a railroad train or car.
(2013 Code, § 20-204)
(Ord. 68, passed 8-14-1950) Penalty, see § 72.999
Similar provisions, see I.C.A. §§ 321.341 through 321.344