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NY to require regular inspections of rail crossings

National Transportation Safety Board, Wikipedia

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New York state is looking to change the way rail crossings are inspected in an effort to reduce  collisions and deaths.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and top lawmakers announced a proposal on Monday that would require inspections of rail crossing  equipment every two years at minimum. The measure would also increase penalties for railroad companies that violate safety  rules and drivers who drive around lowered gates.

The policy is expected to be formally approved by the state Legislature before it adjourns later this week.

Democrat Cuomo has said improving rail crossing safety is one of his top priorities for the remainder of the session. The  proposal comes after several high-profile deaths following collisions between cars and trains in the state.