TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly passed a bill (A4107/S3126), sponsored by Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce, requiring drivers to stop at railroad crossings when on-track equipment is approaching or passing a crossing. Today’s vote sends the bill to the governor for his consideration.
“When equipment on a track is being used to make repairs and it enters a railroad crossing, there is a potential for accidents,” said DeCroce. “This law will require motorists to make stops when such equipment is on the track – just as they do when there are oncoming trains. The equipment doesn’t always trigger a warning signal at crossings like a train does, so drivers need to stop for safety reasons.”
Drivers must stop between 15 and 50 feet of the nearest railroad crossing, listen and look in both directions along the tracks for any approaching train or on-track equipment and then proceed when the crossing can be made safely.
The bill passed the Senate by a 38-0 vote in May.