Farm Season Equates To Higher Danger For Motorists
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

State agriculture officials are wanting to remind Indiana motorists about needing to take extra care now that the spring planting season is in full swing with slow-moving farm equipment using rural roads.

The Indiana Department of Agriculture says Hoosiers should exercise caution and patience in rural areas during the next two months when farming hits the busy season.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says farm vehicles were involved in 73 fatal crashes across the U.S. in 2017, with seven of those crashes occurring across Indiana.

The most common farm equipment motorists will encounter during planting season include sprayers, tractors pulling planters, as well as trucks hauling agricultural products.

These wide vehicles often travel no faster than 25 mph. While most farmers will pull over so motorists can pass, it may take them time to find a safe place to do so so drivers should use extreme caution.