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Drive with reason, it's farming season!
SMV SAFETY PROMO
A 48-year-old father of three was driving a tractor pulling a hay baler on a state route when a car hit the tractor as it was trying to make a left turn. The driver of the automobile was attempting to pass the tractor when the incident occurred. The automobile driver was treated and released from the community hospital after the crash. The driver of the tractor was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sheriff Michael Simpson, along with Preble County Farm Bureau, are reminding everyone to DRIVE WITH REASON, IT’S FARMING SEASON! Together, they have posted billboards around Preble County to remind everyone to slow down around farm equipment this planting season.
According to the Ohio Dept of Public Safety, more than 1,990 farm-related highway accidents have occurred in the last 5 years with 484 people injured and 24 killed.
Farmers depend on our roadways while they grow our food and fiber.
The reflective orange triangle sign stands for slow-moving vehicles on farm equipment that are operating at speeds of 25 mph or less. Properly marked farm equipment has the right-of-way. Slow down, pass with caution, allow ample room, and watch for sudden turns. Most farmers will pull over to allow traffic to pass them when they have available safe space. Mailboxes and guardrails can create hazards too.
With a car that is traveling 55 mph and a tractor that is traveling 15 mph; how long does it take for the car to make up the 400-foot distance between them?The answer is 7 seconds—not a lot of time for the driver of the car to slow down, unless there is sufficient warn¬ing.
REMEMBER, YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS BE VISIBLE TO THE FARM EQUIPMENT OPERATOR. Above all, be patient. Be kind. Stay behind.
Your county sheriff and Preble County Farm Bureau are working together to keep everyone safe on our roadways during the busy farming season. For more information about SMV signs/regulations, please contact the Preble County Farm Bureau office at 937-456-5400.
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