219.383 SAFE OPERATION OF TRAIN OVER ROAD; PENALTY.
Subdivision 1. Speed fixed.
The commissioner of transportation, on petition of a city council
or a railway corporation, may fix and determine after a hearing a reasonable speed for the operation
of an engine or train on and over a railroad crossing of a public highway or street in that city.
Subd. 2. Maximum speed.
Where the commissioner has fixed the speed of an engine or train
over a public highway or street crossing in a city as provided in this section, the fixed speed is
the lawful maximum speed at which an engine or train may be operated on and over that public
highway or street crossing, until changed by subsequent order of the commissioner.
Subd. 3. Not to block public road or street.
No railway corporation shall permit a public
road or street crossing a railroad track to be closed for traffic by a standing car, train, engine, or
other railroad equipment, or by a switching movement which continuously blocks a crossing for
longer than ten minutes. This subdivision does not apply to cities of the first class which regulate
obstruction of streets by ordinance.
Subd. 4. Penalty.
A railway corporation violating this section is guilty of a petty
misdemeanor. A corporation that commits a second or subsequent violation of this section
is guilty of a misdemeanor.
History: 1945 c 220 s 1-5; 1971 c 25 s 67; 1973 c 123 art 5 s 7; 1976 c 166 s 32; 1980 c 460
s 17; 1980 c 534 s 34; 1985 c 265 art 4 s 1; 1987 c 329 s 21; 1994 c 636 art 2 s 7; 1998 c 403 s 29