Statement issued Tuesday:
The Indiana State Police reminds motorists to be extremely vigilant when driving on Indiana’s roadways over the next few months as farmers have begun to harvest their crops. During this time, large farm equipment will be traveling on Indiana’s roads and may impede traffic. Motorists are reminded to be ever cautious when approaching a hillcrest or curve as farm implements require additional roadway space, so be prepared to slow down, pull to the side of the road or even to stop. Darkness also creates a very hazardous situation for motorists and farmers; everyone will need to use extra caution at night, particularly on county roads.
Tips for farmers:
•Have all lighting, slow moving emblems and placards on your equipment as required by law.
•Ensure that your load and/or equipment is properly secured and covered with a tarp in a manner to prevent the contents of your vehicle from dripping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping from the vehicle as is required by State and Federal statute: IC 9-21-8-48 and Title 49, CFR 393.100.
•When parking equipment along the roadway, make certain that it is visible at night and is visible to the greatest possible distance to approaching vehicles.
•When three or more vehicles are behind you, safely pull to the side of the road to allow same direction traffic to travel past your equipment.
•Avoid traveling or parking on State and U.S. highways during rush hour traffic or at night.
•Do not leave anhydrous nurse tanks unlocked or unattended.
Tips for motorists:
•Be patient when driving behind farm equipment as they have the right to operate on the roadways the same as other motorists.
•When approaching farm equipment from the opposite direction, pull to the right, slow down or stop if it is safe to do so and allow them pass, particularly on narrow roads.
•Avoid becoming distracted while driving by using cell phones or other similar devices.
The Indiana State Police is committed to making Indiana’s roadways as safe as possible especially during this farming and harvest season. Police, farmers and motorists share in this cooperative effort to help ensure that safety. Please be patient and courteous to each other when driving, don’t become distracted and as always expect the unexpected.