Trains are often closer and moving faster moving than

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Always expect a train at every roadway-railroad crossing.Trains are often closer and moving faster moving than you think, and a freight train traveling at 55 mph can take a mile or more to stop once the emergency brakes are applied. If you see a train approaching, wait for itto go by before you proceed across the tracks.At multiple-track crossings, watch out for a second train on the other tracks.
Never drive around lowered gates—it's illegal and deadly. If you suspect a signal is malfunctioning, call the toll-free number posted on or near the crossing signal or your local law enforcement agency.When it is safe, proceed quickly across the tracks without stopping. Never start across the tracks until you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping.Be especially alert when you are following buses or trucks, which may be required to stop at railroad crossings even when gates are up and the warning lights are not flashing.[170]If your vehicle stalls on the tracks, get the occupantsto safety.Immediately abandon the vehicle and run diagonally away from the tracks at a 45-degree angle in the direction of the oncoming train.Actual Collision ReportsThe guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.School BusesSchool buses carry precious cargo: children! Florida law requires drivers approaching any school bus displaying a stop signal (flashing red lights and an extended stop arm) to bring their vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped, and to not pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn. A driver does not need to stop when encountering a school bus traveling in the opposite direction on a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least 5 feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier.Passing a school bus illegally is a 4-point moving violation, with a first-time violator subject to a fine of at least $100, plus a $65 assessment for deposit into the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund, for eachoffense. A second or subsequent conviction within 5 years will also result in the violator's driver's license being suspended for not less than 90 days and not more than 6 months.
If a driver illegally passes a school bus on the side of the bus that children enter and exit the vehicle, the violator is subject to a mandatory court hearing and a fine of $200, plus a $65 assessment for deposit into the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund, for each offense. A second or subsequent conviction within 5 years will also result in the violator's driver's license being suspended for not less than 180 days and not more than 1 year.Further, any driver who is convicted of, or who pleads nolo contendereto, illegally passing a school bus will be required to attend a DHSMV-approved Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) course in order to maintain driving privileges. The DHSMV will send to the driver notice of this requirement; if the course is not completed within 90 days of receiving notice, the driver's license will be cancelled until a course is successfully completed.[171]

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