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Event encourages farm equipment road safety

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Young people have been encouraged to be mindful of farm equipment on roads.
Young people have been encouraged to be mindful of farm equipment on roads.

Many drivers may find that they have to share the road with farm equipment, especially as planting time approaches in rural areas of the country.

A recent story in Illinois' Effingham Daily News noted that students at Newton Community High School got the chance to check out pieces of farm equipment. One reason the event occurred was to show younger people that those using farm equipment may not be able to see vehicles, especially if they are too close.

"I thought you’d at least be able to see someone behind you," freshman Hannah Dhom told the paper.

The event was sponsored by the Jasper County farm Bureau and Extension Office. The primary goal of the event was to encourage safety while dealing with farm equipment on roads.

Experts have noted that people should slow down when they see a piece of farm equipment ahead of them. They should also avoid passing a vehicle, while farmers should make sure they label their farm equipment properly and have safety lights on while they are driving on roads.
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