Harvest Time Advisory 11 Sep 12

The fall harvest is getting underway in southern Minnesota, and that means there’s a lot of farm equipment on our local-area roads. Officials are reminding motorists to use extra caution. Local Mn/DOT Spokesperson Rebecca Arndt says to be patient – remember that these are slow-moving vehicles that you will come up on quite quickly, and you need to wait for a safe place to pass. She says that over the last 3 years there were over 400 crashes in Minnesota involving at least one farm vehicle, resulting in 18 deaths and over 200 injuries. Remember that farm equipment is large and heavy, makes wide turns and sometimes crosses over the center line. In addition, farm vehicles can create large blind spots, making it difficult for operators to see approaching vehicles.