Time for Motorists, Farmers to Share the Road in MInnesota

September 22, 2015 09:18 PM
Time for Motorists, Farmers to Share the Road in MInnesota

 Safety officials are urging motorists to safely share the road with farm equipment as the harvest gears up.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation says drivers need to watch out for slow-moving farm machinery transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, especially on rural two-lane roads. Farm vehicles are big and heavy, make wide turns and have big blind spots.

State traffic engineer Sue Groth says the harvest season is in full swing, and farmers in every corner of the state are using the highways.

From 2012 to 2014, 414 traffic crashes involving at least one farm vehicle happened on Minnesota roads, resulting in 13 fatalities and 202 injuries. Of the 13 fatalities, eight victims were riding farm vehicles; of the 202 injury victims, 48 were on farm vehicles.

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Spell Check

Buckingham, IL
9/23/2015 05:31 AM

  Your story is true. The problem is the farmers. They read these articles and think they own the road. They leave the headers on there combines and drive 8-10 miles. You have to pull down in ditch if you meet them, if your behind them get ready for a long trip. Farmers have to remember they are sharing the roads.

R Davis
9/24/2015 01:54 PM

  Well I myself don't have anything personal against farmers. What I do have a problem with are the ones who think they can pretty much get away with anything when transporting equipment. Just a few minutes ago a large tractor pulling a batwing disc through town ripped down a section of telecommunication lines along with snapping off the pole which landed in the street. Did the operator stop? Nope, just kept going. Probably wasn't even aware of the snag and kept going to the next field. Luckily it wasn't an actual power line, but then again, it may have gotten his attention.


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