02/14/19 -- HB 280 -- Requires vehicles to stop at railroad crossings with on-track equipment

Bill Number: 
HB 280
Bill Purpose: 
Requires vehicles to stop at railroad crossings with on-track equipment
Date of Vote: 
02/14/19
My Vote: 
Yes
Explanation: 

HB 280, introduced by Representative Becky Ruth (Republican - District 114), is a relatively simple bill.  It requires vehicles approaching a railroad crossing to stop at the tracks not only when a train is coming (existing law), but also when other on-track equipment operated by the railroad is approaching.  

It seems to me if you are about to cross a railroad track, on which a massive train might be traveling at high speed, you really need to stop and look in pretty much all cases.  If you don't and something hits you, there's a good chance it was foreseeable and your fault.  So adding "on track equipment" to the current statute seems pretty straightforward to me.   Accordingly, I voted yes. 

The bill did pass easily, though it was mostly a party-line vote.  Democrats seemed to feel that this bill offered too much protection for railroads, who some suggested could act negligently with their on-track equipment without consequence as a result of this bill.  I disagree.


This bill had a roll-call vote on an amendment that failed during perfection.  Read about that here.