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June 14, 2013

Letters to the Editor June 15, 2013

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To the Editor:

Farmers in Hendricks County are beginning their field work for 2013. Whether the farm equipment be a tractor-trailer hauling grain, a tractor with oversized tillage tools, spraying equipment or supply trucks with seed, chemicals or fertilizer, all travel Hendricks County roads and highways with you.

Safety while sharing the road is important to avert a potential tragedy for farmers and motorists.

Planting season is time-consuming, weather dependent, and requires long hours. Farmers may travel the roads during traffic rush hours or at dawn or dusk. Remember, farmers are traveling to and from work also.

Caution and respect for the use of the road is required.

The public needs to be alert for slow moving vehicle signs (the reflective SMV triangle) or the flashing yellow lights which means the vehicle is traveling 25 mph or less. Farmers are equipped with mirrors (but equipment still may have blind spots) to make them aware of traffic behind. Farmers need to find a safe place to pull over. For oncoming traffic, pull to the right, slow down, or stop for the equipment. The motorist must be observant of the surroundings as the equipment has to dodge mailboxes, utility poles, road signs, deep ditches and narrow bridges. For equipment that is folder upwards, be aware the utility wires could become snagged.

Drivers need to be patient with this over-sized, slow-moving equipment. The growers of our food have to follow many regulations to make their equipment visible to drivers. Be ready to slow down and do not pass on hills, curves or bridges.

Here are several do’s and don’ts to help guide the non-farmer driver:

- Do not approach moving equipment as the farmer may not see a bystander. Wait until you make sure the farmer sees you.

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