Farmers are in the Field – Use Caution on the Roads!
Time to remind motorists to use caution this time of year.
As farmers move equipment from field to field, they will be traveling at speeds of 25 miles or less. Drivers should be aware and prepared to slow down and share the road when encountering farm vehicles.
The Illinois State Police also reminds those that will be driving farm equipment at those speeds that a slow moving vehicle emblem should be mounted to the rear of the vehicle and be able to be seen by other machinery.
If traffic begins to back up behind the farm implement, the operator should look for a place to pull over and allow traffic to pass.
Motorists should not attempt to pass farm equipment unless it is legal and safe to do so, even if the farm operator waves you around. Drivers should reduce speed immediately upon seeing a slow moving implement and maintain a safe driving distance.
Farmers should avoid movements of farm machinery at sunrise or sunset. Visibility is more limited during those times.
Other tips are available as well from the Illinois State Police. Call Trooper Mike Kindhart, Safety Education Officer at State Police Headquarters in Pittsfield, Illinois at 217-285-2034.