State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today announced that House Bill (HB) 190, bipartisan legislation to require drivers to stop for on-track equipment at railroad crossings, passed out of Transportation and Public Safety Committee. The bill, co-sponsored by Rep. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton), passed out of committee by a 14-0 vote.

“On-track equipment used to repair or clean the railroads are often as big as trains themselves,” said Lepore-Hagan. “Requiring people to stop at rail crossings to look out for this equipment will help prevent serious collisions that are similar to car-train accidents, better ensuring safety on the roads. I am glad and proud today that my colleagues supported this common-sense legislation.”

HB 190 would require drivers to watch, listen, and potentially stop for on-track equipment that may be approaching, in the same way that drivers are required to watch, listen and stop for a train under current law. Additionally, the legislation would mandate that drivers of certain vehicles, such as specific tractors or rollers, must stop every time at a railroad crossing. Individuals who fail to watch, listen, or stop for on-track equipment would face similar penalties as those who violate train-railroad crossing law.

HB 190 now goes to the House floor for further consideration.

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