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Police warn drivers to be wary of farm vehicles

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 7:17 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - You might not realize it, but you’re in a brand new ‘traffic season,’ and it all has to do with the Fall harvest.

As we reach the end of September, more and more farmers are hitting the road in anything from semi trucks to tractors to even combines, and in the first few weeks, traditional drivers of the road don’t take notice. It then leads to plenty of crashes, even inside city limits in smaller towns like Hastings.

“You hear more about these types of accidents with farm equipment this time of year because it’s more prevalent to have this kind of equipment out,” Hastings Police Captain Mike Doremus said. “Making sure you put that cell phone down and paying extra attention is pretty key at this time of year and year round.”

Capt. Doremus says you might be surprised at the in-town flow of farm vehicles, but it’s important to remember that farmers in their equipment have just as much of a right on the road as you do.

“Regular rules of the road apply to farm equipment,” Capt. Doremus said. “They’re allowed to drive down the street and highways in the state of Nebraska just as every car is, so cars are still required to slow down and follow that implement or the tractor or combine until it’s safe to pass.”

The most important thing officials hope drivers pay attention to is the turning of these vehicles, as Doremus says it sometimes takes farm vehicles longer to make certain turns.

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