Drivers who try to ‘beat the train’ to face doubled fines in 2017

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Fines start at $500 for disregarding railroad gates and warning lights at railroad crossings in 2017. (Howard A. Ludwig / DNAinfo)

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BEVERLY — Fines are double effective Sunday for drivers who try to “beat the train” by crossing railroad tracks after the warning lights start flashing, bells start ringing and gates start lowering, according to Metra officials.

The commuter rail service issued a news release Wednesday reminding drivers of the new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in July.

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Drivers who disregard activated railroad gates and warning lights now will face a $500 fine for their first offense and a $1,000 for a second offense, a Metra spokeswoman said.

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