Railroad crossing signs are posted to warn you that there are railroad tracks up ahead. A railroad advance warning sign is round and is located 50 to 500 feet from the railroad crossing, depending upon the speed limit of the highway.
Cross Bucks (A crossbuck is a sign composed of two slats of wood or metal of equal length, fastened together on a pole in pattern resembling the letter X) must be treated exactly the same as a yield sign; anytime you approach a railroad crossing you must:
If the red lights are flashing but the gates are up, you must stop at the tracks before proceeding with caution. Let’s see what the law says:
Pursuant to IC §9-21-8-39, you are required to stop at least 15 feet (but no more than 50 feet) of a railroad crossing when:
You may not proceed until all of the following are apparent:
Important: If the gates are up but the red lights are flashing, you must stop at the tracks before proceeding with caution.
If you are in heavy traffic, make sure there is enough room for your vehicle on the other side of the tracks before you cross. If your car stalls on a railroad track when a train is approaching, don’t waste any time. Immediately get yourself and your passengers out and away from the car.
Failure to stop at a railroad crossing is a Class C Infraction with stiff penalties including a $155 fine and 6 points on your driving record.
A train traveling 40 mph requires from 1½ to 2½ miles to stop and engineers do not attempt to stop for cars stalled on the track because if trying to stop in a short distance, the train could derail, resulting in much greater property damage, increased number of injuries, and possibly more deaths.
If a driver races a train the driver still loses even if it’s a tie. Think about that for a minute or two. Remember it is not only dangerous (and stupid) to race a train across the track, it is also illegal.