LINCOLN – As planting season is in full swing officials with the Nebraska State Patrol are advising all motorists to watch for agricultural implements on the roads.
According to a release from NSP, ag producers across Nebraska do exceptional work to feed America year-in and year-out. But as they get back into the field for the planting season, troopers are encouraging 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 their size may limit the operator’s ability to see other vehicles on the road. Motorists should only pass in legal passing zones and when it is safe to do so.
The work of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers never stops from season to season. All Nebraskans can take pride in the work they do as everyone can also work together to keep the 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 are also 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.