Drivers Encouraged to Slow Down, Share the Road with Farm Equipment During Harvest Season
With the fall harvest season underway, the Wisconsin
State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across the state are reminding
drivers to be safe, patient and share the road when they see farm equipment in
their travels. Over the last decade in Wisconsin, there were just over 1,700
traffic crashes involving agricultural equipment, resulting in 32 fatalities
and 874 injuries.
Drivers are reminded to scan the road ahead, and to slow
down when you see slow moving farm vehicles. Drivers should be patient and
cautious if they decide to pass, and should consider the possibility of the
farmer turning into a nearby driveway or field entrance. Farmers are asked to
follow lighting and marking requirements for ag vehicles, to stay sa far to the
right as safely possible, and to be familiar with road weight restrictions.