With Nebraska’s planting season underway, and the Nebraska State Patrol advises motorists to watch for agricultural implements on the roads.
Drivers should be alert and use extra caution on roads that may be a route for ag machinery. With the potential combination of fast-moving vehicles and slow-moving farm equipment, it is critical that drivers avoid distractions and pay attention to the road.
It is legal for farm machinery to travel from field to field on public roads, other than Nebraska’s interstates. The equipment often travels at slow speeds and the size may limit the operator’s ability to see other vehicles. Motorists should only pass in legal passing zones and when it is safe to do so.
Ag producers are encouraged to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws, display warning signs on machinery, use flashing yellow caution lights when traveling, and be aware of vehicles that may be trying to pass.
“Our ag producers across Nebraska do exceptional work to feed America year-in and year-out,” said Col. John Bolduc, NSP superintendent.
“From season to season, we know that the work of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers never stops,” said Capt. Dan Doggett, Commander of the Carrier Enforcement Division. “All Nebraskans can take pride in the work they do. We can all work together to keep our roads safe and help ensure that Nebraska’s number-one industry remains strong.”
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