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ISP cautions drivers to slow down, watch for farm equipment

DU QUOIN, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois State Police are reminding drivers to use caution this time of year while traveling on Ill. rural roadways.

As farmers move equipment from field to field, they will be usually traveling at speeds of 25 miles-per-hour or less. 

Drivers should be aware of farm vehicles and prepared to slow down when encountering them.

Here are some safety tips to consider when encountering agricultural equipment on the roadway:

-Farm equipment which travels at speeds of 25 mph or less is required to have a slow moving vehicle emblem (bright orange triangle) mounted to the rear of the vehicle.

-If traffic begins to back up behind the farm equipment, the operator should pull over in a safe location and allow traffic to pass.

-Farmers should avoid movements of farm equipment at sunrise and sunset as visibility is more limited during these times.

-Motorists should not attempt to pass farm equipment unless it is legal and safe to do so, even if the farm equipment operator waves you around.

-As you prepare to pass farm equipment remember most do not have turn signals. Many crashes with farm equipment occur as they are making a left turn and a faster vehicle is passing them.

-Anytime you approach farm equipment you should slow down. Even vehicles approaching from the opposite direction should slow down. The farm equipment may be over-width and encroaching into the opposite lane of travel.

-When approaching farm equipment traveling in the opposite direction, be alert for impatient drivers passing at the wrong time.

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