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INDIANAPOLIS (WANE) – Harvest season has arrived and for some that means visiting pumpkin fields and apple orchards, but Indiana State Police (ISP) remind motorists that harvest season also means that farmers will start harvesting this year’s corn and soybeans.

“Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year, and I know for many others it’s their favorite too. As I travel along our rural roads, I often encounter tractors, grain wagons and combines traveling between fields to harvest their crops, ”said Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch. “I want to encourage all motorists to slow down, be patient and be on high alert for farm equipment on our roads this harvest season.”

In 2019, farm equipment vehicles (other than trucks) were involved in three crashes in Indiana, with one fatality, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration.

Farm equipment during the harvest season includes tractors, combines, grain wagons, grain wagons, and large trucks transporting agricultural products. The ISP said these vehicles are wide and sometimes take up most of the road at speeds as low as 25 mph.

“The harvest season is a busy time for both farmers and motorists, I would like to remind everyone to slow down and be courteous on our rural roads and highways,” said Bruce Kettler, department director ‘Indiana Agriculture. “Slow farm implements usually move at 40 km / h or less, so be careful when approaching. “

The following list includes several safety tips for motorists approaching large farm implements:

  • Farmers will stop when they can let motorists pass, but it may take a while for them to get to a safe place to do so.
  • Be patient. Farm equipment is large, sometimes taking up most of the road.
  • Be careful by the way. Do not go through a designated “no-way zone” or within 100 feet of an intersection, railway crossing, bridge, elevation structure or tunnel.
  • Do not attempt to pass a slow vehicle on the left without making sure the vehicle is not planning to turn left. It may appear that the driver is pulling over for you to pass as they are actually preparing to turn. You will go straight in his path, thus endangering the farmer.
  • Avoid tailgating, as some farm equipment may need to stop suddenly along the road.
  • Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, be aware of alternative routes, and avoid distractions.

“Despite the encouragement of motorists and farmers to take extra precautions on the roads during harvest season, accidents still happen every year,” said Doug Carter, Indiana State Police Superintendent. . “One death is one too many. I want to remind everyone to stay alert and use caution when traveling the rural roads of Indiana this fall. “

For a list of safety tips, click here or visit isda.in.gov.


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