While following a slow-moving vehicle like the combine shown above can test a driver’s patience, it’s important to drive carefully when sharing the road with farm equipment.
Abiding by the Iowa State Patrol’s advice of slow down, put your phone down and buckle up is more important than ever as motorists are beginning to share the road with farm equipment this fall.
“We know harvest season is upon us and the advice we would give to both farmers and the motoring public is to make sure you are visible,” said Paul Gardner, an Iowa State Patrol trooper. “Make sure you are driving defensively. Look down the road to see what is ahead of you.”
Farm equipment operators, Gardner said, need to be sure to be equipped with a slow moving vehicle sign if they are traveling 35 mph or less. While traveling at night they need to ensure they have working lights so motorists can see them as they approach the large equipment as well as meeting them on the road.
Remembering to yield at stop at stop signs is also important.
“When you are coming up to an intersection, make sure you are yielding to traffic,” he said. “Stop signs still apply to those who are operating tractors and other farm implements.”
Be sure to share the road.
“Share the road and watch for other vehicles,” said Gardner. “If a large equipment operator can safely do it, they should get over as much as they can. Give people enough room to pass. We encourage you to don’t try to get traffic backed up behind you as much as possible and try to choose the routes that don’t have as much traffic.”
As for the motoring public, Gardner said they also need to be aware of their surroundings while traveling on rural roadways.
“Just know there are going to be tractors and combines out working the fields this fall,” he said.
When approaching a slow moving vehicle, Gardner said it is imperative to give them plenty of room.
“Don’t crowd them. Don’t follow them too closely because if they have to stop all of a sudden, or if you are out passing them and they make a turn in front of you, that is going to be bad for both vehicles involved,” he said. “Obviously, the bigger the tractor, the worse it is going to be for the car.”
No passing zones, Gardner said still apply when passing farm implements.
“Just because they are going slower, it is still illegal to pass on the double yellow lines,” he said. “You may be coming up on a hill and think you can get around them, but you need to be watching out for oncoming traffic.”
By keeping your phone down and your eyes looking ahead that should help noticing a slow moving vehicle in plenty of time to slow down.
“Don’t be distracted. Make sure you are aware of what is ahead of you. You may not see them right away and you may come across a tractor pretty quickly and it may be too late to slow down or too late to stop,” he said.
Studies have shown speeding in the state of Iowa has increased over this last year.
“Speeds that are 21 miles per hour and greater than the speed limit have increased 50 percent this year compared to last year,” he said.
Speeding can make stopping for a slow moving vehicle even more difficult.
“Sometimes on the back roads, you get somebody who has an open road and they don’t see anybody, they put the hammer down and they may not see a slow moving vehicle pull out and it will be too late to slow down,” he said.
Gardner says to just be patient.
“They are going to move slow because obviously they are meant to go slow,” he said. “As soon as it is safe to pass and you can get around them please do so. Be careful. The farmer may be making a turn into a farm drive or another roadway and they may turn right in front of you.”
Liberals have no plan to get Tasmanians back into work
Premier Peter Gutwein is refusing to acknowledge the reality of Tasmania’s worsening jobs market and, as a result, has no plan to turn things around.
ABS jobs data over the past week has painted a grim picture of the state’s stalled jobs recovery.
Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said Peter Gutwein is all too happy to spin economic good news, but when it comes to the unemployment crisis unfolding in Tasmania he has fallen silent.
“The latest data shows the number of jobs in Tasmania has fallen by 2,200 since August, with our unemployment rate now at 7.4%. That’s up a full percentage point from 6.4% last month,” Mr O’Byrne said
“Wages in Tasmania have also fallen, down by 2.3% which is bad news for those who continue to hold onto a job. And it raises concerns about the pandemic being used to trigger a race to the bottom for Tasmanian wage earners.
“Peter Gutwein can’t continue to ignore worrying jobs data that shows the recession is cutting deeply in Tasmania.
“He has done nothing to give Tasmanians confidence that he has a plan to get them back into work.
“At a time when 38,000 Tasmanians are relying on JobSeeker, Peter Gutwein has done nothing to demonstrate that he has any plan to stop the decline and start getting Tasmanians back into work.
“Only Labor has a plan for jobs. Labor’s COVID-19 Recovery Package sets out a plan to get Tasmanians back into jobs and help those hardest hit by the pandemic.”
David O’Byrne MP
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A four-car accident backed up traffic in the eastbound lane of U.S. 41 in Ishpeming near Northiron Church and the Ishpeming Armory on this afternoon. No further details are known at this time. (Journal photo by Ashley Hendrix)
ISHPEMING — Three people were injured as a result of three-car accident near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Malton Road at the Ishpeming/Negaunee border today.
According to Ishpeming Police Chief Steve Snowaert, two passenger cars and a truck were involved in the crash, which took place at around 12:35 p.m. A fourth vehicle was damaged by debris from the accident.
The occupants of the two smaller vehicles were transported to UPHS-Marquette. Their condition is currently unknown. The occupants of the truck and the fourth vehicle were uninjured, Snowaert said. Traffic was reduced to two lanes until about 3 p.m. as a result of the crash.
The Michigan State Police crash reconstruction unit was on the scene to assist, he said.
Snowaert is asking anyone who may have seen the crash to contact the IPD at 906-486-4416.
“We are still gathering information,” Snowaert said. “So from our standpoint, if anyone witnessed the accident, we would like to hear from them.”
IPD was assisted at the scene by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Negaunee Police Department, the Negaunee Fire Department, the Ishpeming Fire Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
See Friday’s edition of The Mining Journal for more information.
Mr Bradley defended the support the government offers to poorer families and attacked the Labour, saying: “You’d think a truly ‘caring’ Labour party could recognise the huge difference between the majority of kids on [free school meals] who are not wealthy by any stretch, but who have good parents and are managing, and impoverished kids who are desperate.”