The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds you that this is the time of year when crops are harvested and drivers should expect heavier farm machinery traffic--especially on rural highways. Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity. Safety is important to both drivers and farmers sharing the road. The Patrol encourages everyone traveling in Missouri's farming communities to stay alert and drive courteously. Make sure you stay alert for slow moving farm equipment and when you come up behind a tractor or other farm machinery, please slow down and be patient. Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic. Never pass on a hill or curve. Collisions commonly occur when a motorist tries to pass a left-turning farm vehicle. A tractor that appears to be pulling to the right side of the road to let motorists pass, instead may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Watch the farmer’s hand and light signals closely. There were a total of 173 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2012. In those crashes one driver was killed and 21 were injured. In addition, two farm tractor passengers were injured. Keep your eyes peeled, and drive safely.
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