Moving farm equipment along a public road can be very dangerous. There were six fatalities and 120 wrecks involving farm machinery on Alabama roads in 2007. In the previous year, two fatalities from 104 wrecks were reported. Three deaths and 106 wrecks were reported in 2005. In an effort to reduce the number of accidents involving farm machinery on state roads, the Farmers Federation is teaming with the Alabama Department of Public Safety and Alabama Department of Transportation to increase awareness of slow-moving vehicles on public roads. The program, being called Farmer at Work, is a step in the right direction.
It’s been reported that many motorists don’t know that an orange triangle affixed to the rear of a vehicle means that it has a maximum speed of no more than 25 mph. That’s not surprising because there hasn’t been a great deal of education of the public on the subject. When a motorist approaches a slow-moving farm vehicle with such a sign, it can create a hazard if they aren’t aware of what the sign means. The program is designed to get the message out on what those signs mean. Interestingly, the signs have been used since 1971.
As part of the Farmer at Work program, advertisements will be run in newspapers and magazines and public service announcements will be broadcast on television and radio stations around the state in an effort to increase awareness. It’s reported that it takes less than five seconds to close a 100-yard gap between a vehicle traveling 55 mph and a farm machine traveling 25 mph. Motorists need to slow down as soon as they see a slow-moving vehicle and then pass only when it’s safe to do so. The speed limit on rural roads in Alabama is 45 mph unless otherwise posted. Most farmers have to use public roads to move their equipment between fields that might be several miles apart. Hopefully, this program will be effective and save lives.
Source: Associated Press and Insurance Journal
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