ORS 811.455¹
Failure to stop for railroad signal
  • penalty

(1) A person commits the offense of failure to stop for a railroad signal if the person fails to comply with any of the following requirements:

(a) A person who is driving a vehicle must stop the vehicle at a clearly marked stop line on the near side of a railroad crossing or, if there is no clearly marked stop line, not less than 15 feet nor more than 50 feet from the nearest rail of the crossing under any of the following circumstances:

(A) When a clearly visible electric or mechanical signal is given by a device that warns of the immediate approach of a railroad train or other on-track equipment.

(B) Upon the lowering of a crossing gate.

(C) When a signal given by a flagger or police officer indicates the approach or passage of a railroad train or other on-track equipment.

(D) When an approaching train or other on-track equipment is clearly visible and because of its nearness to the crossing is an immediate hazard.

(E) When an audible signal is given by an approaching railroad train or other on-track equipment because its speed or nearness to the crossing is an immediate hazard.

(b) A driver who has stopped for the passing of a train or other on-track equipment at a railroad grade crossing in accordance with the provisions of this section may not proceed across the railroad tracks until the driver can do so safely.

(c) A person may not drive any vehicle through, around or under a crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while the gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

(2) The offense described in this section, failure to stop for a railroad signal, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §648; 1985 c.16 §317; 1995 c.383 §71; 1997 c.249 §232; 2001 c.492 §3; 2017 c.176 §1]

Chapter 811

See also annota­tions under ORS chapter 483 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

A party in viola­tion of a motor vehicle statute is neg­li­gent as a matter of law unless he introduces evidence from which the trier of fact could find that he was acting as a reasonably prudent per­son under the circumstances. Barnum v. Williams, 264 Or 71, 504 P2d 122 (1972)

Law Review Cita­tions

Under Former Similar Statute

10 WLJ 207 (1974)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 811—Rules of the Road for Drivers, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors811.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 811, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano811.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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