If a bus fails to stop at a railroad crossing, the driver of the bus may face stiff penalties. Railroad crossings, even without flashing lights warning of an oncoming train, are dangerous. To limit accidents, all bus traffic, must stop at the crossing. This law may not be required in all states. Commercial, passenger and school buses may be required to stop at the railroad crossing.
Some cities and states place harsh penalties on this type of moving violation. If there is a stop sign not heeded, this may warrant a failure to stop at a stop sign. If there are flashing lights, warning of an oncoming train, and you continue to drive without stopping, this charge could carry reckless driving charges. This amounts to several hundred dollars worth of penalties. In some areas, if a school bus fails to top at a RR, the fines could be as much as $300. Fines for school bus drivers are often more than for standard passenger buses.
As a moving violation, failure to stop at a RR crossing will likely add two points to your license. This increases your chance of losing your license if you have points already on it. This is usually a minor traffic violation, unless a person was injured or property received damage during the incident.
With the aid of an attorney to mitigate the case, you may be able to have the charges dropped altogether. In some situations, it is possible to have the charges reduced. An attorney can help you to keep the traffic violation off your driver's license record, which in turn will help keep car insurance costs low. Hiring an attorney to defend you against this charge can aid in penalties and fines low.