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To the editor:
The Farm Bureau Women's Committee wants to make
everyone aware that Sept. 21-27 is National Farm Safety Week. With
fall fieldwork beginning, it is prime time for motorists to be on
the lookout for the farm equipment moving from field to field and to
Most people don't realize the amount of time they have to react
when a tractor is doing 15 or 20 mph and they're driving 50-55 mph.
We are talking about a matter of a few seconds before you're right
upon the back of a farm implement. Many accidents occur because
motorists were following too closely.
Illinois law requires the use of the triangular SMV (slow-moving
vehicle) emblem on the back of all farm machinery, tractors, wagons,
etc. Farmers need to be sure these are on their machinery, and
visible (no mud or dust covering them up).
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It is the time of year to be aware. Leave yourself extra time and
slow down, get plenty of sleep, so that you can stay safe and keep
our farmers safe on the roads they must travel during harvest.
Everyone's life is precious. Staying alert is vital for everyone's
May we all have a safe and bountiful harvest!
Farm Bureau Women's Committee members
September 23, 2008]
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