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13-1701. Crossing Intersections of Railroads.

13-1702. Obedience to Signal Indicating Approach of Train.

13-1703. All Vehicles Must Stop at Certain Railroad Grade Crossings.

13-1704. Certain Vehicles Must Stop at All Railroad Grade Crossings.


13-1701. CROSSING INTERSECTIONS OF RAILROADS. In crossing an intersection of a street or the intersection of a street by a railroad right-of-way the driver of a vehicle shall at all times cause such vehicle to travel on the right half of the street unless such right half is obstructed or impassable or unless there are two lanes of traffic going in the same direction.


1. Whenever 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 shall not proceed until he can do so safely. The foregoing requirement shall apply when:

a. A clearly visible electric or mechanical device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train;

b. 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;

c. A railroad train within approximately 1,320 feet of the highway crossing emits a signal audible from such distance and such railroad train, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard; or

d. An approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.

2. 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. No person shall drive any vehicle past any human flagman at a railroad crossing until the flagman signals that the way is clear to proceed.

13-1703. ALL VEHICLES MUST STOP AT CERTAIN RAILROAD GRADE CROSSINGS. The City Council, with respect to highways under its jurisdiction, may designate particularly dangerous highway grade crossings of railroads and cause to be erected stop signs thereat. When such stop signs are erected, the driver of any vehicle shall stop within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and shall proceed only upon exercising due care.


1. The driver of a bus carrying passengers, or of any school bus carrying any school child, or of any vehicle carrying any chlorine, empty or loaded cargo tank vehicles used to transport dangerous articles or any liquid having a flash point below 200 degrees F., cargo tank vehicles transporting a commodity having a temperature above its flash point at the time of loading, certain cargo tank vehicles transporting commodities under special permits issued by the hazardous materials regulations board, and every motor vehicle which must have the following placards: "Explosives," "Poison," "Flammable Oxidizers," "Compressed Gas," "Corrosives," "Flammable Gas," "Radioactive," or "Dangerous," before crossing at grade any track or tracks of a railroad, shall stop such vehicle within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along such track for any approaching train, and for signals indicating the approach of a train shall not proceed until he can do so safely. After stopping as required herein and upon proceeding when it is safe to do so, the driver of any said vehicle shall cross only in such gear of the vehicle that there will be no necessity for manually changing gears while traversing such crossing, and the driver shall not manually shift gears while crossing the track or tracks.

2. No stop need be made at any such crossing at which traffic is controlled by a peace officer. For the purposes of this Section, a United States marshal shall be considered a peace officer.