Bill Text: MI HB5642 | 2017-2018 | 99th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Traffic control; traffic regulation; certain criteria for operation of a vehicle at railroad crossings; expand. Amends sec. 669 of 1949 PA 300 (MCL 257.669).

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2018-10-02 - Re-referred To Committee On Transportation And Infrastructure [HB5642 Detail]

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HOUSE BILL No. 5642

 

 

February 27, 2018, Introduced by Reps. Greimel, Sneller, Ellison, Faris, Lucido, Zemke, Cochran, Neeley, Yancey and Sabo and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

     A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

 

"Michigan vehicle code,"

 

by amending section 669 (MCL 257.669), as amended by 2015 PA 128.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 669. (1) Except as provided in subsections (2), (3), and

 

(4), the driver of a motor vehicle transporting 16 or more

 

passengers including the driver, a motor vehicle carrying

 

passengers for hire, or a motor vehicle that is required to be

 

marked or placarded under 49 CFR parts 100 to 180, before crossing

 

a railroad track at grade, shall activate the vehicle hazard

 

warning lights and stop the vehicle within 50 feet but not less

 

than 15 feet from the nearest rail. While stopped, the driver shall

 

listen and look in both directions along the track for an

 

approaching railroad train or other on-track equipment and for

 

signals indicating the approach of a railroad train or other on-


track equipment, and shall not proceed until the driver can do so

 

safely. After stopping as required in this subsection, and upon

 

proceeding when it is safe to do so, the driver of the vehicle

 

shall cross only in a gear of the vehicle that does not require

 

changing gears while traversing the crossing. The driver shall not

 

shift gears while crossing the track or tracks.

 

     (2) A stop need not be made at a railroad track grade crossing

 

where a police officer or a traffic-control signal directs traffic

 

to proceed.

 

     (3) A stop need not be made at an inactive railroad track

 

grade crossing. As used in this subsection, "inactive railroad

 

track" means a railroad track that meets all of the following

 

requirements:

 

     (i) The track has been covered or removed.

 

     (ii) All signs, signals, and other warning devices are

 

removed.

 

     (4) A stop shall not be made at a railroad grade crossing

 

marked with a sign reading "exempt". Exempt signs may be erected

 

only by or with the consent of the state transportation department

 

after notice to and an opportunity to be heard by the primary

 

railroad operating over that crossing.

 

     (5) A person who violates this section is responsible for a

 

civil infraction.

 

     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days

 

after the date it is enacted into law.

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