Iowa DOT News Release



Watch for increased farm equipment movement on roadways

Posted on: March 31, 2008

AMES, Iowa – With spring planting season about to begin, motorists are urged to use caution and be aware of the limitations of slow-moving vehicles on Iowa roadways. While fatalities and major injury crashes involving farm vehicles decreases from 2006 to 2007, caution is a key to safety according to Iowa Department of Transportation officials.

Data for 2007 shows a total of 196 crashes involved farm equipment, which resulted in five fatalities (down from 8 in 2006), 18 major injuries (down from 27 in 2006), 47 minor injuries, as well as other possible injuries. There were also 110 crashes that resulted only in property damage.

Below are the statistics for 2004, 2005, 2006 and preliminary data for 2007. The 2007 numbers are subject to change as law enforcement investigations are finalized.

Crashes Involving Farm Equipment/Vehicles,
and Resulting Fatalities and Injuries
Calendar Year 2004 through 2006

Year

 

 

Total Crashes

Fatalities

Major Injuries

Minor Injuries

Possible Injuries

Unknown Condition of Motorists

Property Damage Only

2004

201

9

19

35

40

9

118

2005

189

5

14

45

36

17

107

2006

196

8

27

40

37

7

103

2007

196

5

18

47

34

8

110

Grand Total

 

782

27

78

167

147

41

438


Tips for motorists

•  Be alert and always watch for slow-moving vehicles, especially during planting and harvest seasons.

•  Be patient and don't assume the farmer can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may be unable to support a heavy farm vehicle.

•  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 signal lights 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.


Iowa highway in the evening