2010-04-08 / Letters

Rural Road Safety Week April 18-24

To The Editor:

The Fulton County Farm Bureau will be observing Rural Road Safety Week April 18-24. To draw attention to this event, we will host a safety meeting on Friday, April 16, at 10:00 a.m., on the Harry Johnston farm, which is located on Back Run Road, south of McConnellsburg.

At this time of year, farmers are busy working in the fields and must move farm equipment on public roads. This can raise safety issues. Remember, farm implements may be moving much slower than other vehicles. For example, if a car is travelling at 55 mph and overtakes a farm tractor moving at 15 mph, it only takes five seconds to close a gap the length of a football field.

Some safety suggestions: Be on the lookout for slowmoving and wide farm equipment. Slow down when you see the orange triangular, slow-moving vehicle sign, often called a “fanny flag.” Pass farm equipment only when it is safe to do so. Be cautious, be courteous and pay special attention to your surroundings. These tips will help assure that everyone will reach their destination safely.

On behalf of the Fulton County Farm Bureau, thank you for taking the time to be extra careful so that motorists and farmers will be safe on our rural roads this season.
Donald Bard
Fulton County
Farm Bureau

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