In Virginia, it’s Legal to Pass a Car at a Railroad Crossing on a Two-Lane Road

There's an important distinction to keep in mind when it comes to vehicles crossing railroad tracks in the state of Virginia. Under state law, it's illegal for one vehicle to pass another at a crossing located on a single-lane road (that is, if the vehicle would have to veer into the opposite lane, or the far shoulder, in order to pass). However, if that crossing is located on at least a four-lane road (two lanes going in one direction, two lanes in the other), then it is perfectly legal to execute this maneuver—assuming there are no trains coming from either direction and there's sufficient room to pass.

That trouble is, this law is only rarely enforced when there aren't any trains in the immediate vicinity of a railroad crossing; you're most likely to be nabbed for an illegal passing maneuver if you try to overtake a vehicle that has already stopped at the crossing because the signal lights have just been activated. In this case, it doesn't matter if the road where the crossing is situated has one, two, or four lanes; it's still illegal to dart across the tracks when the warning has been activated (even if the train is still very far off and you're in a big hurry).

Passing a car at a railroad crossing is an uncommon traffic citation in the state of Virginia—which is all the more reason to hire an attorney who knows the ins and outs of this state's criminal law statutes. Call the law firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman today for a free consultation!

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