Drivers urged to share road with farm equipment

Friday, September 16, 2011 | 7:53 a.m. CDT; updated 10:14 a.m. CDT, Friday, September 16, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Harvest season is approaching, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol encourages drivers and farmers to share the road safely.

Farm machinery will increasingly be on roadways during the fall, especially in rural areas.

The patrol said there were 157 accidents involving farm vehicles last year, resulting in one death and 23 injuries for people in cars and trucks, and three injuries for tractor passengers.

Motorists are urged to be patient when following farm machinery and pass only when it is safe.

The highway patrol also encourages farmers to mark equipment that will travel on roadways with lights and a "slow-moving vehicle" emblem, and to drive as far to the right as possible.

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