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Transportation bill would issue fines for trains stopping traffic

Transportation bill would issue fines for trains stopping traffic

Muskogee Phoenix
By Adam Troxtell | CNHI News Oklahoma
Updated Feb 19, 2019  

NORMAN, Okla. — A bill moving through the State House of Representatives would allow state law enforcement agencies to issue fines to train operators if they prevent traffic from moving through crossings during a stop.

House Bill 2472, authored by Speaker Charles McCall, was passed unanimously out of the Transportation Committee last week. State Rep. Kevin West, a Republican from Moore where the city is building a new underpass to keep traffic from being stopped at the railroad crossing on 4th Street, was one of those to vote yes.

The bill's language states that train operators would be in violation of state regulations if a train is stopped on the tracks in a way that prevents vehicular traffic from advancing through a crossing for a period of longer than 10 minutes. McCall and the bill's supporters, including co-sponsors State Reps. Tommy Hardin and Kyle Hilbert, and State Sen. Frank Simpson, argue that this is a public safety issue, particularly in the case of emergency vehicles getting through.

The legislation would empower "municipalities, county sheriffs and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol "to cite "any person or corporation" for this violation. The fine can be up to $10,000... FULL ARTICLE

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