It takes five seconds to travel the length of a football field between a vehicle driving 55 MPH and a tractor traveling only 15 MPH, according to the Director of Public Affairs for Indiana’s Dept of Homeland Security. With distracted driving as one of the leading causes of vehicular injuries, and more slow-moving vehicles on Indiana’s roadways this season, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), Indiana State Police (ISP), Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), as well as the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), are teaming up with multiple state agencies for the “Be Alert, Slow Down, Share the Road” campaign to bring awareness for more safety on Indiana’s rural roads. With harvest season underway, motorists should expect to see more farm equipment on roadways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, farm equipment vehicles (excluding trucks) have been involved in 93 fatal crashes across the U.S.
The “Be Alert, Slow Down, Share the Road” campaign is sharing the following safety tips this harvest season:
>The red triangle on the back of farm machinery, an implement, or other vehicle indicates a slow-moving vehicle (under 25 mph).
>Do not try to pass a slow-moving vehicle on the left without ensuring that the vehicle is not planning a left turn. It may appear that the driver is pulling over for you to pass when it is actually preparing to turn. You could be driving directly into its path, endangering yourself and the farmer.
>Most farmers will pull over when they are able to let you pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so. Share the road and Be patient.
For more information about harvest safety, follow the link provided in this article at WREBfm.com.