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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : Operation of Vehicles

Subchapter 007 : Special Stops Required

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1071)
  • § 1071. Railroad grade crossings

    (a) An operator approaching a railroad grade crossing shall stop within 50 feet of, but not nearer than 15 feet from, the nearest rail of the railroad and may not proceed until he or she can do so safely when:

    (1) an electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train or other on-track equipment;

    (2) a crossing gate is lowered or a flagger gives a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train or other on-track equipment;

    (3) a railroad train or other on-track equipment approaching within 80 rods (1,320 feet) of the highway crossing emits a signal audible from that distance and the train or other on-track equipment, by reason of its speed or nearness, is an immediate hazard;

    (4) a railroad train or other on-track equipment is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to or is at the crossing; or

    (5) a stop sign has been erected at the crossing pursuant to section 1006 of this title.

    (b) No operator shall drive any vehicle through, around, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while the gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

    (c) Nothing in this section prohibits an individual from operating a motor vehicle across the tracks of a railroad at grade while a mechanical warning signal is in operation, provided he or she first brings the vehicle to a full stop and reasonably ascertains that the tracks can be crossed safely. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 1983, No. 25, § 2; 2019, No. 149 (Adj. Sess.), § 38.)