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Traffic Tip: Never stop on railroad tracks

March 10, 2013 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 9, 2013 at 9:10 p.m.


This week's column deals with traffic control signals.

Sec. 544.007. Traffic-control signals in general, specifically section (g) of this code.

(g) This section applies to an official traffic-control signal placed and maintained at a place other than an intersection except for a provision that by its nature cannot apply. A required stop shall be made at a sign or marking on the pavement indicating where the stop shall be made. In the absence of such a sign or marking, the stop shall be made at the signal.

Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

Section (g) of the above code talks about "a sign or marking on the pavement indicating where a stop shall be made." This is the thick white line you see at stop signs, traffic lights and railroad crossings.

This white stop line at railroad crossings is not only to show you where to stop when a train is actually approaching or the railroad crossing arms are down but also where to stop any time you approach a railroad crossing.

So many times we see near-misses at railroad crossings because people are stopping too close or even on the railroad tracks awaiting their turn to proceed.

Stop before the white stop line, or, if there is no stop line present, stop at least 15 feet but no more than 50 feet from the railroad crossing (Texas Transportation Code 545.251).

Remember, never stop on railroad tracks.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

For more information, contact the Victoria Police Traffic Unit at 361- 485-3700.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, at 361-485-3700.

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