MnDOT Says Share The Road During Harvest Season
From 2011 to 2015, there were 688 crashes involving farm equipment that resulted in 23 fatalities and 348 injuries. That is way too many. Nearly half of the fatalities were an occupant of the farm vehicle, according to MnDOT.
MnDOT is asking Minnesota travelers to share the road with large farm equipment transporting crops to markets and grain elevators.
“Harvest season is getting in full swing across the state and farmers and their equipment are out on the highways,” said Jay Hietpas, state traffic engineer. “Motorists need to be prepared to encounter slow-moving farm vehicles, especially on rural, two-lane roads.”
Motorist should be patient, safe and watch for debris hitting the road after being dropped by trucks.
“Twenty-two percent of all farm equipment crashes and 29 percent of the fatalities were distraction-related,” Hietpas said. “Other factors were speed-related and alcohol-related."
Those using farm equipment should turn on their flashing lights to be more visible, consider an escort vehicle if possible and make sure they plan their routes in mind that wide equipment can damage road signs.
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