Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Dear Trooper Kathy: I am a farmer and I really appreciate it when drivers "look out" for me. Could you please send a few reminders about us farmers?
Trooper Kathy says: Sure. Now is as good a time as any to remind drivers of a few safety tips that really help out the farmers. I have also included a few safety tips to remind farmers also. FOR ALL drivers: Respect the farmers. They are only on the roads for a short time in the spring and in the fall. Approach slowly. It is hard to tell how slowly that implement of husbandry is traveling. Pass slowly and give a wide berth. Do not tailgate. Look for the farm vehicle to be making a turn. If you are approaching an implement of husbandry, allow them extra width. They may be partially in your lane. FOR Farm vehicles: Give the vehicles following you an opportunity to pass- If you don't give them one they may make a bad pass. Try not to bunch up your vehicles or make a parade of farm vehicles-It makes it more difficult for followers to pass. DO NOT travel on the roads before Dusk or after sunset- It is hard to see you AND YOUR dimensions. Check ALL your lights-make sure your clearance lights, signal lights, brake lights are working before you set out on the highway. Consider tailoring your over width implement of husbandry if you have more than 5 miles to travel. Remember if you are traveling with several empty trailers behind your tractor, they must be in control.
Remember, this is a farm community. We must work together to see the crops get in safely. It is a relatively short period of time so HAVE PATIENCE. There is room for all of us. If you have any questions regarding traffic safety and/or traffic laws, email her at kathy.pederson
@state.mn.us. Sgt. Pederson will not offer advice on specific situations or real events, which involve law enforcement.