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May 15, 2018 (SHAKOPEE): With temperatures on the rise, more farmers will be in their fields, which means slow-moving farm equipment will also be on Scott County roadways. “We want to encourage drivers to be mindful, slow down, and share the road, which will not only ensure their safety, but also the safety of our farmers,” says Sheriff Luke Hennen. “Motorists should also pay special attention to stationary farm equipment on the side of the road because there might be farmers working nearby.”
According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), over the past five years, there were 688 crashes involving farm vehicles that resulted in 23 fatalities and 348 injuries. Nearly half of the fatalities were an occupant of the farm vehicle. Twenty-two percent of all farm equipment crashes and 29 percent of the fatalities were distraction-related. Other factors were speed-related and alcohol-related.
MnDot recommends that motorists:
Additionally, farm equipment operators should:
“Roadway safety is a priority of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office,” says Sheriff Hennen. “Patience, courtesy, staying alert and slowing down will help ensure that everyone makes it home safely this growing season.”