Iowa DOT News Release



Spring brings increased farm equipment movement on roadways

Posted on: April 30, 2012

AMES, Iowa – April 30, 2012 – Iowa’s warm winter and early spring have farmers more ready than ever to get into the fields for spring planting, meaning Iowa motorists will soon be sharing the road with farm vehicles. The Iowa Department of Transportation is urging motorists and farm vehicle operators to exercise caution during the movement of slow-moving equipment on Iowa’s roadways. 

Data for 2011 shows a total of 198 crashes involved farm equipment. Those crashes resulted in seven fatalities, 15 major injuries, 46 minor injuries and 55 other possible injuries. Of the 198 crashes, 119 resulted only in property damage.

Below are the statistics for 2004 through 2011. The 2011 numbers are subject to change as law enforcement investigations are finalized. 

Crashes Involving Farm Equipment/Vehicles and Resulting Fatalities and Injuries for Calendar Years 2004 through 2011 

 

Injuries

Crashes

 

 

 

Year

 

 

 

Fatalities

 

 

Major injuries

 

 

Minor injuries

 

 

Possible injuries

 

 

Unknown injuries




Property damage only crashes

 

 

Total crashes

2004

9

19

35

40

9

118

201

2005

5

14

45

36

17

107

189

2006

8

27

40

37

7

104

197

2007

5

20

47

37

8

102

189

2008

7

15

47

45

8

113

201

2009

6

14

53

37

7

122

207

2010

4

12

42

39

8

132

203

2011

7

15

46

55

6

119

198

Total

51

136

355

326

70

917

1,585

                 

Tips for motorists

  • Be alert and always watch for slow-moving vehicles, especially during planting and harvest seasons.
  • Be patient and do not assume the equipment operator can move aside to let you pass. The shoulder may not be able 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 the turn.
  • Drive slow-moving vehicles in the right-hand lane as close to the edge of the roadway as safely possible. Traveling partially 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.
  • Do not get trapped on the tracks; proceed through a highway-rail grade crossing only if you are sure you can completely clear the crossing without stopping. Remember, the train extends 3 feet beyond the tracks on both sides.

 

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Contact: Jeremey Vortherms at 515-239-1267 or jeremey.vortherms@dot.iowa.gov

 


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