25 May '16, 4pm

Ill. legislature increases fine to prevent vehicles from crossing tracks with stop arms are down

Ill. legislature increases fine to prevent vehicles from crossing tracks with stop arms are down

The Illinois House passed an amendment to the Illinois Vehicle Code that increases the penalties for drivers who try to cross railroad tracks after the signals are activated and gates are down. The bill will now move to Gov. Rauner’s desk for his signature. The legislation doubles the fines from $250 to $500 for a first offense and from $500 to $1,000 for a second or subsequent offense. Last year, Illinois ranked second in the nation in highway-rail fatalities, with nearly 25% of vehicle/train collisions occurring at crossings with active warning devices, including lights, gates and bells, according to Illinois Operation Lifesaver. If this legislation becomes law, Illinois will have some of the strictest penalties in the nation for these types of vehicular offenses. FRA identifies crossings with most incidents over last decade The legislation was initiated by Metra this sp...

Full article: http://www.metro-magazine.com/rail/news/713466/ill-bill-d...

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