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NRS 484B.560 Certain vehicles required to stop at all railroad grade crossings; exceptions; vehicles required to completely cross railroad grade crossings.
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsection 4, the driver of a bus carrying passengers, or of any school bus carrying any school child, or of any vehicle carrying hazardous materials as that term is defined in 49 C.F.R. § 383.5, before crossing at grade any track or tracks of a railroad, shall stop that vehicle within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of the railroad and while so stopped shall listen and look in both directions along the track for any approaching train or other on-track equipment, and for signals indicating the approach of a train or other on-track equipment, and shall not proceed until the driver can do so safely.
2. After stopping as required in this section and upon proceeding when it is safe to do so, the driver of any such vehicle shall cross only in a gear of the vehicle that there will be no necessity for changing gears while traversing the crossing and the driver shall not shift gears while crossing the track or tracks.
3. When stopping is required at a railroad crossing the driver shall keep as far to the right of the highway as possible and shall not form two lanes of traffic unless the highway is marked for four or more lanes of traffic.
4. No such stop need be made at a railroad crossing:
(a) Where a police officer or official traffic-control device controls the movement of traffic.
(b) Which is marked with a device indicating that the crossing is abandoned.
(c) Which is a streetcar crossing or is used exclusively for industrial switching purposes within an area designated as a business district.
(d) Which is marked with a sign identifying it as an exempt crossing. Signs identifying a crossing as exempt may be erected only:
(1) If the tracks are an industrial or spur line;
(2) By or with the consent of the appropriate state or local authority which has jurisdiction over the road; and
(3) After the State or the local authority has held a public hearing to determine whether the crossing should be designated an exempt crossing.
5. It is unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, when crossing at grade any track or tracks of a railroad, to fail to completely cross the track or tracks without stopping due to insufficient:
(a) Space for the vehicle on the opposite side of the railroad crossing; or
(b) Undercarriage clearance of the vehicle.
6. As used in this section, “completely cross” means to travel across a railroad track or tracks in such a manner that the trailing end of the vehicle is 15 feet or more past the nearest rail of the railroad track or tracks.
(Added to NRS by 1969, 1495; A 1979, 1117; 2015, 194; 2019, 342) — (Substituted in revision for NRS 484.353)