Traffic Stop Tuesday Postings are presented by the McPherson Police Department

This Tuesday, September 8, they are talking about ‘BEING OBEDIENT TO A SIGNAL THAT INDICATES AN APPROACHING TRAIN’.

Several streets in McPherson (as well as other communities within McPherson County) are crossed by the Union Pacific (UP) Railroad and the Kansas and Oklahoma (KO) Railroad tracks.

For safety sake, we would like to remind everyone all vehicle traffic is to stop at a railroad grade crossing when it is in USE BY A TRAIN and/or THE SIGNAL LIGHTS and/or THE CROSSING GATES ARE ACTIVATED.

Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO) Sec. 76, OBEDIENCE TO SIGNAL INDICATING APPROACH OF TRAIN states:

  • When any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of such railroad, and they shall not proceed until such driver can do so safely.

The foregoing requirements shall apply when:

  • A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad or other on-track equipment.
  • A crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train or other on-track equipment.
  • A railroad train or other on-track equipment approaching within approximately 1,500 feet of the highway crossing emits a signal audible from such distance and such railroad train or other on-track equipment, by reason of its spped or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard. Or
  • An approaching railroad train or other on-track equipment is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.
  • No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

For you safety, and anyone else in your vehicle, remember to be mindful wherever you encounter a railroad crossing.

Remember, trains take a greater amount of time and distance than vehicles to come to a stop, even when the emergency brake is fully applied.

(This week – TRAFFIC STOP TUESDAY is SPONSORED by CrossDove Creations)

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