Watch out for farm vehicles during harvest

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Harvest season is well underway.

Illinois State Police District 8 Commander Capt. William Colbrook reminds motorists to use caution this time of year while traveling on rural roadways.

Drivers should be aware and prepared to slow down when encountering farm vehicles. As farmers move equipment from field to field, they will be traveling at speeds of 25 mph or less.

Here are some farm safety and traffic tips.

Farm machinery which travels at speeds of 25 mph 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 speed immediately upon seeing a slow moving implement ahead. Maintain a safe driving distance and be patient. Be prepared to share the road with an oversized farm vehicle.