Illinois State Police urge caution while using rural roads during harvest

By WEEK Producer

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 10:14 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- With harvest well underway in central Illinois, State Police would like to remind motorists to use caution while traveling on rural roadways.

As farmers move equipment from field to field, they will be traveling at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less. Here are some farm safety and traffic tips.

- Farm machinery which travels at speeds of 25 mph or less are required to have a slow moving vehicle emblem mounted to the rear of the vehicle. If towing another piece of farm equipment a slow moving emblem must be mounted on the farm implement being towed.

- Motorists do not attempt to pass the farm equipment unless it is legal and safe to do so, even if the farm operator waves you around. If traffic begins to back up behind the farm implement, the operator should look for a place to pull over and allow traffic to pass.

- Farmers should avoid movements of farm machinery at sunrise and sunset. Visibility is more limited during these times.

- For motorists, reduce your speed immediately upon seeing a slow moving implement in front of you. Maintain a safe driving distance and be patient. Be prepared to share the road with an over sized farm vehicle.

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