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
(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
(i) The track has been covered or removed.
(ii) All signs, signals, and other warning devices are
(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
Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days
after the date it is enacted into law.