Ticket for Fail to Stop At a Railroad Crossing in Philadelphia
In Pennsylvania, as in most states, you are required to stop your vehicle prior to going through a railroad crossing. Given both the speed and mass of trains, the consequences of failing to stop at a crossing may be disastrous. This is why the Commonwealth has made failure to stop at railroad crossings a very serious offense -- carrying 4 points on your license. The points, along with a fine amounting up to $500, makes this one of the more significant Traffic Tickets in Pennsylvania.
In order to comply with the law, you must stop your vehicle within 50 feet of the tracks - but no less than 15 feet from the tracks - looking and listening in both directions so as to make sure it is safe to proceed.
There are exceptions, though. If there is a traffic light displaying a green signal, you may progress without stopping. And if there is a traffic device which provides notice that there is no need to stop, you may progress accordingly. Additionally, if there is a sign indicating that the tracks are "abandoned" or "exempt" then you may continue. However, in that case it is still advisable to stop as you cannot be certain that the sign has been given the approval of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. While you would not receive a Ticket for acknowledging such signs, this is all ultimately a public safety issue and proceeding through tracks which are even potentially in use amounts to putting yourself at risk.
All of these rules can be hard to comprehend, especially if you are driving and trying to interpret the rules. If you have received a ticket for failing to stop at a railroad crossing, the traffic attorneys with the Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. can help. Call today to schedule a free consultation.
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