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Fall harvest brings more slow-moving vehicles on Iowa roads

September 17, 2010

AMES, Iowa – Sept. 17, 2010 – The extreme weather conditions from earlier in the season have passed and Iowa farmers are beginning another fall harvest. With harvest season comes increased traffic from farm vehicles on roadways.

Statistics for 2009 show a total of 208 crashes involving farm equipment. As a result of these crashes, six people were killed and 14 major injuries and 53 minor injuries were reported. Of the total crashes, 124 resulted only in property damage.

Crashes Involving Farm Equipment/Vehicles, and Resulting Fatalities and Injuries for Calendar Years 2005 through 2009

 

 

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Tips for motorists

· Be alert and always watch for slow-moving vehicles, especially during the fall harvest season.

· Be patient and do not assume the farmer can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may be unable to support a heavy farm vehicle.

· Be particularly cautious as you approach curves and hills along the roadways.

· Slow down as soon as you see the triangular-shaped, red and fluorescent orange, slow-moving vehicle emblem.

 

Tips for farm vehicle operators

· Make your intentions known when you are turning by using your turn signal or the appropriate hand signal in advance of a turn.

· Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling half on the shoulder may cause motorists to risk passing in a dangerous situation.

· Avoid encouraging or signaling motorists to pass. Pull over where it is safe and let the traffic go by.

· Mount slow-moving vehicle emblems as high as possible on your equipment.

· Replace faded and worn slow-moving emblems, and clean any dirty emblems.

 

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Contact: Scott Falb at 515-237-3154 or scott.falb@dot.iowa.gov


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