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Troopers warn drivers to be aware of more farm vehicles on roadways

Now that harvest season is in full swing, drivers should expect to see more farmers out on the roads in their farm vehicles. Now that harvest season is in full swing, drivers should expect to see more farmers out on the roads in their farm vehicles.
When drivers see the orange triangles, they should know these are slow moving vehicles. When drivers see the orange triangles, they should know these are slow moving vehicles.
SFC Shawn Urquhart SFC Shawn Urquhart
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Now that harvest season is in full swing, drivers should expect to see more farmers out on the roadways in their farm vehicles.

This time of year, farmers are often transporting things from field to field in equipment that is designed to be used on the fields.

Tractors are going at speeds much slower than other drivers on the highway. 

Troopers say if drivers aren't careful, this could be a recipe for disaster.

There have been collisions on Georgia roads where fast-moving vehicles have collided with tractors and other farm equipment, causing serious injuries and even fatalities.

The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety says Georgia reported over 500 collisions with farm and construction equipment last year that resulted in a total of 22 fatalities.

So far this year, four fatalities have been reported.

SFC Shawn Urquhart said there are multiple factors that could lead to serious accidents involving cars and farm equipment.

“It could be distracted driving, it could be speeding,” said Urquhart. “Because if you're coming around a curve, you could be speeding, you could be up on a farm equipment or tractor before you know it.”

Farmers also must make sure their equipment is visible on the roads.

“They need to make sure that their equipment is working properly also,” said Urquhart.  “If they have to add additional flashing lights so the driver that's approaching can see the vehicle. 

When there is an orange triangle on the back of the equipment, the farm vehicles are slow-moving vehicles.

The GOHS reported that Georgia had over 500 collisions with farm and construction equipment last year that resulted in a total of 22 fatalities.

So far this year, there have been four fatalities.

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