Senate File 306 - Introduced SENATE FILE 306 BY BEHN A BILL FOR An Act increasing the penalty for motor vehicles that traverse 1 certain railroad grade crossings against a gate or signal. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2555XS (2) 87 ns/nh
S.F. 306 Section 1. Section 805.8A, subsection 14, paragraph h, Code 1 2017, is amended to read as follows: 2 h. Railroad crossing violations. For violations under 3 sections 321.341 , 321.342 , 321.343 , and 321.344 , and 321.344B , 4 the scheduled fine is two hundred dollars. However, for 5 violations of section 321.341 that occur at a grade crossing 6 that has a median barrier and that is established as a quiet 7 zone in accordance with 49 C.F.R. pt. 222, subpt. C, the 8 scheduled fine is four hundred dollars. 9 EXPLANATION 10 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 11 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 12 Currently, Code section 321.341 provides that when a person 13 driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing and 14 a warning is given by automatic signal, crossing gate, or 15 flag person of the immediate approach of a railroad train 16 or railroad track equipment, the driver of the vehicle is 17 required to stop the vehicle within 50 feet but not less than 18 15 feet from the nearest rail and is prohibited from proceeding 19 until the driver can do so safely. In addition, the driver 20 of a vehicle is required to stop the vehicle and not traverse 21 the grade crossing when the crossing gate is lowered or when 22 a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the 23 approach or passage of a railroad train or railroad track 24 equipment. A violation of this provision is punishable by a 25 scheduled fine of $200. 26 This bill provides that when a violation of Code section 27 321.341 occurs at a grade crossing that has a median barrier 28 and that is established as a quiet zone in accord with federal 29 law, the violation is punishable by a scheduled fine of $400. 30 -1- LSB 2555XS (2) 87 ns/nh 1/ 1