Planting season is in full swing and that means there are more farm vehicles out on rural roads. Drivers are encouraged to keep an eye out for the slow moving vehicles and slow down when they're around. The Madison County Sheriff's Department reminds there are several ways you can keep yourself and the area's farmers safe as you share the roads.
Remember, farm implements have a right to be on the roads as well as any other vehicle, but they travel significantly slower than most other machinery on the roads. Captain Will Dimitroff of the Madison County Sheriff's Department says you should not pull out in front of farm implements and then slow suddenly, as they are not as maneuverable as a car, and do not speed past them.
He also reminds you should not expect farm implements to travel on the shoulder of the road, as driving with one set of wheels on the shoulder increases the chances of the equipment overturning. Twenty-nine people in Illinois have died in crashes involving farm machinery since 2008.