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Old 10-02-2013, 09:58 PM   #4
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No trespassing signs have nothing to do with safety.

Originally Posted by EMTRailfan View Post
I think most ROWs are anywhere 30-50 feet, so cut that in half for each side from center of visible trackage. Keep in mind, just because you are on the pretty side of the sign, you still may be on RR property and asked to leave. When you disregard a sign and walk past it, it turns into defiant trespassing, and can be a greater charge if prosecuted.
Actually that is bad advice, and here is why.

Trespassing laws (even Trespassing on RR property) are State laws (despite what ill informed RR employees and ill informed RR cops will tell you). They vary greatly by state. In some states, trespassing is a crime (low level misdemeanor), in some states, it's not crime, it's a municipal infraction (similar to traffic laws). So before telling someone what to do, or what not to do, you should have them check the laws of the state they plan on trespassing in. Using my state as an example, you cannot be even charged with trespassing on property unless certain signage requirements are met (you have to have a "No Trespassing" sign every 50 feet around the perimeter of the property near where you were "discovered". Or if you were asked to leave the property by the owner, lessee, or agent of such authorized to ask you to leave. And then, you will be given a "trespass warning". You cant just be hauled off for trespassing here unless warned.

It usually just ends up with someone puffing their chest and making you leave unless it is an actual LEO that witnesses the offense (which can go either way too). Depending on the crew, etc., it may go the other way for you and get you some "ins", etc. if you are respectful and not a dork and let them work and not bother them or make them worry about your safety.
It's unfortunate a lot of RR employees act like that. Most cops these days do the same thing, they take every single stupid offense like it's a capital crime. Meanwhile, 1000 feat away, someone's wife is being beat, drugs are being dealt, meth being cooked, etc. and yes they choose to screw around with the little stuff.

We ALL have trespassed, and anyone that tells you they haven't is FOS.
It's my opinion that trespassing laws by and large are ridiculous and shouldnt even be crimes. If someone trespasses one property where someone lives, the owner should take care of it themselves. It will help crime, population growth issues, medicaid and food stamps needs. Trespassing on RR property, if you are stupid and get hit, you deserve to die.

Last edited by troy12n; 10-02-2013 at 10:08 PM.
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