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.




     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




     (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


civil infraction.


     Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days


after the date it is enacted into law.