Defending NJ 39:4-128. Improper crossing of railroad grade crossing by certain vehicles.
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NJ Statute: 39:4-128. Vehicles required to stop at grade crossings; method of crossing; exceptions; notice to railroad of intention to cross with certain vehicles or machinery; violations; penalties.
The Commissioner of Transportation is hereby vested with the exclusive authority to designate and mark any railroad grade crossings across any street or highway in this State with a sign “Exempt Crossing.” The commissioner shall hold a public hearing before designating any crossing as exempt with notice of such hearing to be served in accordance with regulations promulgated by the commissioner.
The commissioner shall designate a grade crossing an exempt crossing when the potential for damage and injury from accidents between motor vehicles required to stop at grade crossings and other motor vehicles traveling in the same direction exceeds that between a train and the vehicles required to stop by law. Crossings designated as exempt crossings may include, but shall not be limited to, industrial, spurline and secondary crossings. The commissioner shall promulgate such regulations as are necessary to effectuate the purpose of the establishment of exempt crossings.
(b) No person shall operate or move any crawler-type tractor, wheel tractor, tractor engine with or without trailer or trailers attached, steam shovel, derrick, roller, self-propelled concrete mixer, or any self-propelled vehicle, commercial motor vehicle, equipment, machinery, apparatus or structure having a normal operating speed of 10 or less miles per hour or a vertical body or load clearance of less than 1/2 inch per foot of the distance between any two adjacent axles or in any event of less than 9 inches, measured above the level surface of a roadway, upon or across any track or tracks at a railroad grade crossing without first complying with the following requirements.
Notice of any such intended crossing shall be given to the nearest superintendent or trainmaster of such railroad. Such notice shall specify the approximate time of crossing and a reasonable time shall be given to such railroad to provide proper protection at such crossing.
After concluding satisfactory arrangements with the proper officer of the railroad and before making any such crossing, the person operating or moving any such vehicle or equipment shall first stop the same not less than 15 feet nor more than 50 feet from the nearest rail of such railroad, and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along such track or tracks for any approaching train and for signals indicating the approach of a train, and shall not proceed until the crossing can be made safely.
No such crossing shall be made when warning is given by automatic signal or crossing gates or a flagman or otherwise of the immediate approach of a railroad train or car. If the flagman is provided by the railroad, movement over the crossing shall be made under his jurisdiction.
(c) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than $50.00 for the first offense and for the second offense a fine of not more than $100.00, or by imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(d) This section shall not be construed as limiting the authority of any municipality to adopt police regulations governing the operation of omnibuses and to provide penalties for their violation, or to relieve the owner or operator of such omnibus subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Public Utilities from any penalty prescribed by the laws of this State for violation of orders of such board.
Amended 1938, c.164, s.1; 1941, c.260, s.3; 1951, c.23, s.70 (1951, c.23, s.70 repealed 1953, c.294, s.2); 1952, c.68 (1952, c.68 repealed 1953, c.294, s.3); 1953, c.294, s.1; 1971, c.393, s.1; 1973, c.177; 1979, c.48; 2005, c.147, s.9.
AKA: NJ Criminal Charge 39:4-128, Violation 39:4-128, Offense 39:4-128
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