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Be Mindful Of Farmers And Farming Equipment While On The Roads

Norfolk County OPP say motorists are urged to use caution and lower their speed when traveling near farm vehicles and equipment. They say tractors, combines and trailers are very large and require significant room to safely maneuver on the road.

NIRFOLK COUNTY - All drivers who are travelling in the rural areas of Norfolk County and other areas around the region are to be mindful about farm machinery on the roads. 

Norfolk County OPP say motorists are urged to use caution and lower their speed when traveling near farm vehicles and equipment. 

Every year OPP responds to incidents involving farm vehicles that are struck by drivers who impatient or not paying attention. These collisions frequently cause injury or death. They sya these collisions do not need to happen and are preventable.

Farm equipment like tractors, combines and trailers they tow are very large and require significant room to safely maneuver on the road. The work they are doing is important to all our communities. OPP's focus is public safety and they offer the following tips for drivers to use while driving in rural areas during the harvest time frame:

  • Anticipate that there may be farm equipment in use and travel below the posted or suggested speed limit in areas where crops are being planted or cultivated.
  • If you see large farm equipment on the roadway, slow down, be patient and pass only when it is safe to do so. 
  • Do not tailgate large farm equipment as the operator may not be able to see you.  
  • Do not blow your horn at the operator of the farm equipment as they likely won't be able to hear you due to the noise produced by the equipment.  

Inspector and Detachment Commander Joseph Varga says by paying attention you are making it safer for yourself and the farmers.

"By being aware of farm equipment during your travels on rural roads, you can help make the trip safe for both you and Ontario farmers."

All motorists are encouraged by OPP to be mindful of farm equipment operators and to give them the necessary room to do their work by sharing the roads. 

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