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ISP issues reminder for farm season

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Indiana State Police caution motor vehicle drivers that farmers will be preparing their fields for planting within the next few weeks.

During the time, large farm equipment may be traveling on the roads and may impede traffic.

Drivers are reminded to be cautious when approaching a hillcrest or curve. Farm implements need additional roadway space so drivers are urged to slow down, pull to the side or stop.

Darkness also creates a hazardous situation for motorists and farmers, particularly on country roads.

The following are tips for farmers;

* Have all lighting and placards on the equipment as required by law,

*When parking equipment along the road while in the field, make certain it is visible at night,

*When three or more vehicles are behind, safely pull to the side of the road to let same direction travel pass the equipment,

* Avoid traveling on state roads and interstates during rush hour traffic, and

* Do not leave anhydrous nurse tanks unlocked or unattended.

The following are tips for motorists:

* Be patient when behind farm equipment. They have the right to operate on roads the same as motorists, and

* When approaching farm equipment from the opposite direction, pull to the right and let them pass, particularly on narrow roads.

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