Senate passes bill to strengthen rail crossing law

Published: Monday, March 5 2012 8:33 p.m. MST

The left side of the sidewalk at the Trax crossing a 68 East and 8000 South in Sandy on Friday, June 10, 2011.

Mike Terry, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate approved a bill Monday intended to enhance safety around rail crossings.

Sen. Karen Mayne, sponsor of a substituted version of SB195, said the legislation is intended to curb the high number of motor-vehicle accidents with TRAX and FrontRunner trains.

In 2011 alone, there were 24 motor-vehicle crashes with TRAX trains, 10 of which involved drivers that attempted to go around safety devices at rail crossings.

The bill addresses vehicle and pedestrian movements around crossings. It also would restrict when vehicles may turn around in relationship to railroad tracks or railroad grade crossings.

The bill passed the Senate on a vote of 23-1. It moves to the Utah House for further consideration.

Marjorie Cortez

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