The Farm Safety Association has issued a warning to farmers and the motoring public after a tragic accident involving farm equipment traveling a roadway, resulted in a death.
Fall is harvest season and as a result, much more farm equipment is being transported on the roadways. Each year we see accidents occurring that result in property damage, injury and even death. Farm equipment moves at a much slower pace than other vehicles on the roadway. The Association is encouraging both farmers and the motoring public to share the roadways in a safe manner.
Properly marked and lighted equipment can travel safely warning other motorists of the hazard. The Association wants to remind farmers of their obligations under the Highway Traffic Act to properly mark their equipment with the Slow Moving Vehicle sign and appropriate lighting as required. The use of escort vehicles as well as reflective tape on wide equipment will increase visibility. Being seen is being safe.
The Association hopes to make all users of the roadway aware of slow moving vehicles during this, one of the busiest times of the year. Most motorists travel at much greater speeds than farm equipment and should anticipate encountering such vehicles in rural areas and adjust their driving habits accordingly. Share the road for everyone’s safety.
For more information on safely moving agricultural equipment on Provincial highways visit the Farm Safety Association’s web site at: www.farmsafety.ca
Tel: 519-823-5600, Fax: 519-823-8880.