Nebraska’s planting season is underway, and the Nebraska State Patrol advises all motorists to watch for agricultural implements on Nebraska’s roadways.
“Our ag producers across Nebraska do exceptional work to feed America year-in and year-out,” said Col. John Bolduc, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “As they get back into the field for the planting season, we encourage all drivers to keep an eye out for ag implements and large equipment as they travel from field to field.”
Nebraska drivers are reminded that it is legal for farm machinery to travel from field to field on public roads, other than Nebraska’s interstates. Drivers should remember that this equipment often travels at slow speeds and the size may limit the operator’s ability to see other vehicles on the road. Motorists should pass only in legal passing zones and when it is safe to do so.
“From season to season, we know that the work of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers never stops,” said Capt. Dan Doggett, commander of the NSP Carrier Enforcement Division. “All Nebraskans can take pride in the work they do. We can all work together to keep our roads safe and help ensure that Nebraska’s number-one industry remains strong.”
Drivers should be alert and use extra caution on roadways that may be a route of travel for ag machinery. With the potential combination of fast-moving vehicles and slow-moving farm equipment, it is critical that drivers avoid distractions and pay attention to the road.
Ag producers also are encouraged to voluntarily comply with traffic safety laws, display warning signs on machinery, use flashing yellow caution lights when traveling and be aware of vehicles that may be attempting to pass.