Bus Driver’s Failure to Stop at a Railroad-Crossing Ticket

Back of school bus with railroad crossing sign

A bus driver (someone driving a bus for money) that is carrying passengers must stop before crossing railroad tracks. The driver must stop stop the bus further away than 15 feet but closer than 50 feet to a the railroad. Then the person driving the bus is supposed to listen and look in both directions along the railroad, so the driver can determine whether a train is approaching. It is against the law for the bus driver to cross when it is not safe. It kind of seems like common sense, but it is also a criminal offense.

Once the bus is crossing the railroad tracks, the driver cannot shift the gear manually. This is to avoid stalling on the tracks. If a police officer or “traffic-control device” is directing a bus driver not to stop, then it is legal to continue over the tracks without stopping first.

There is an interesting exception for stopping a bus at a railroad crossing. This is related to railway grad crossing in business or residential districts. Don’t concern yourself with the exception. Just do what’s safe, and stop at railroad crossings if you’re driving a bus.

Illegal Railroad Crossing Ticket Consequences

If you fail to stop at a railroad-crossing then you can be fined from $50 to $200. More importantly, you’ll have issues with your license and employer. Like with other CDL drivers, if you are a bus driver and you have a been issued a ticket for failing to stop at a railroad crossing, then you need to get the help of a ticket attorney. Call our office and arrange to have you railroad crossing ticket defended.

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