Oregon Statutes - Chapter 824 - Railroads - Section 824.223 - Authority to regulate distance from grade crossing at which railroad may stop or park equipment; penalty.

(1) The power to regulate the distance from a public railroad-highway grade crossing at which a railroad may stop or park equipment is vested exclusively in the state.

(2)(a) Upon petition of the public authority in interest, or of any railroad or upon the Department of Transportationís own motion, the department shall, after due investigation and hearing, unless hearing is not required under ORS 824.214, enter an order establishing a safe distance from a public railroad-highway grade crossing at which a railroad may stop or park equipment.

(b) Upon petition of a person, the department shall investigate and may hold a hearing and, following a hearing, may enter an order establishing a safe distance from a public railroad-highway grade crossing at which a railroad may stop or park equipment.

(3) In determining what constitutes a safe distance under subsection (2) of this section, the department shall consider issues including, but not limited to, hazards associated with public railroad-highway grade crossings that do not have active protective devices.

(4) Violation of an order issued under subsection (2) of this section is punishable by a civil penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $3,000 for each offense. [2001 c.909 §3]

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