State police offer harvest time driving tips

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Harvest season is getting started. 

Illinois State Police District 08 Commander, Captain Dean Kennedy reminds motorists to use caution this time of year while traveling on our  rural roadways.

As farmers move equipment from field to field, they will be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. The Illinois State Police wants this to be a safe one for motorists and farmers alike. Drivers should be aware and prepared to slow down when encountering farm vehicles.

Here are some farm safety and traffic tips. Farm machinery which travels at speeds of 25 m.p.h. or less are required to have a slow moving vehicle emblem mounted to the rear of the vehicle.

If towing another piece of farm equipment a slow moving emblem must be mounted on the farm implement being towed. Motorists do not attempt to pass the farm equipment unless it is legal and safe to do so, even if the farm operator waves you around.

If traffic begins to back up behind the farm implement, the operator should look for a place to pull over and allow traffic to pass.

Farmers should avoid movements of farm machinery at sunrise and sunset.

Visibility is more limited during these times. For motorists, reduce your speed immediately upon seeing a slow moving implement in front of you. Maintain a safe driving distance and be patient. Be prepared to share the road with an oversized farm vehicle.