Rural Road Safety Week concludes today but Butler County farmers would like local motorists to take extra care through the summer and fall.
“It’s really not just this week,” Larry Voll said. “We’re hoping that people realize this is an ongoing thing basically from spring through the middle of November.”
Voll is president of the Butler County Farm Bureau, as well as a farmer who needs to drive equipment on local roads from time to time.
“There’s a lot of traffic on the roads with the farmers getting their crops in the ground and maintaining them through the summer…and then in the fall especially there’s a lot of large equipment that does the harvesting,” Voll said.
Animal-drawn vehicles and other vehicles designed to travel at speeds of 25 miles per hour or less will display a red or orange triangle emblem to designate them as a warning to slow down.
“When you see that, you know whatever’s in front of you is moving slow,” farmer Ken Metrick said. “That’s a nationwide thing and you have to have that on there if you’re out on the road.”
The goal of the Rural Road Safety campaign is to save lives by reducing the number of accidents involving slow moving farm machinery on rural roads.