Farm equipment on roads after dark
Mon, 02 Nov 2009 15:34:47 GMT —
A few days of dry weather in this week's forecast should be good news for farmers.
But it could turn out to be bad news for drivers.
As farmers finally get into their fields many of them will begin working long hours.
And with the clocks being turned back a lot of harvesting will be done after dark.
Because of that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has issued a Rural Driving Alert to make sure drivers are paying attention to slow moving vehicles.
Illinois State Trooper Mike Kindhardt says most equipment will only be traveling at about 25 miles per hour.
So whether it's day or night, he says it's extremely important to use caution when you see a slow moving vehicle.
"For any motorist observing any type of implement of husbandry on the roadway, especially during the harvest season, pay close attention to that slow moving vehicle sign, because as soon as you see it you need to start braking immediately. That's the most important thing," said Kindhardt.
A Country Financial annual survey showed collision involving farm equipment accounted for 24% of Illinois farm deaths from from 2008 to 2009.