Neb. State Patrol Reminds Motorists to be Cautious This Harvest Season
By Emily Roehler, Weekend Meteorologist - bio | email
The Nebraska State Patrol is reminding motorists to use extra caution and pay special attention as harvest season continues.
Drivers can expect to see an increase in agricultural equipment on state roadways. In addition to farm implements, motorists are encouraged to watch for deer scared from the fields by the increased activity.
"It is often easy to become complacent in our daily travels," said Colonel David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. "By issuing this reminder, we hope to draw attention to the need for everyone to be even more attentive on our roads during this very busy time of year."
Combines, grain carts, tractors and other agricultural implements typically travel at slower speeds. Due to their dimensions and loads, operator visibility is often reduced. Motorists are urged to be cautious when approaching, following or attempting to pass farm vehicles.
Operators of agricultural implements are reminded they may travel upon the shoulder of the roadway when available. They are also reminded of the need for SMV warning triangles and to utilize their flashing yellow caution lights whenever they are on the road.
When turning left from a roadway into a field or farm entrance, operators are cautioned to be aware of vehicles attempting to pass them. If an occupant restraint system is available in the implement they are driving, operators are encouraged to buckle-up.
Sankey said, "Help us wind up this year's harvest season safely. Remember to always buckle-up and watch out for each other."