SHEBOYGAN — The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind drivers that as planting season approaches, it is illegal to pass any farm equipment operating on the roadway in a “no passing zone.”
“Please operate with due regard around farm equipment and share the road accordingly,” said Sheriff Cory Roeseler in a press release. “Agricultural equipment has the right to be on the road and we need to share that road together.”
Motorists should be especially careful about passing.
Drivers should be far enough behind to see clearly around machinery and to ensure that machinery operators can see them and their turn signals. “It is illegal and very dangerous to pass farm equipment in a no passing zone,” said Roeseler. Pass only when the road ahead is clear and there is either a dashed yellow line on your side of the road or a dashed white line.
Here are some additional safety tips and things to keep in mind:
Farmers on roadways are going to or from work, just like many other people on the road.
- Most farmers will pull over when they are able to let you pass, but it may take time for them to get to a safe place to do so. Be patient.
- Farm equipment is wide, sometimes taking up most of the roadway. Be careful when passing.
- The red triangle on the back of an implement, farm machinery or other vehicle indicates a slow-moving vehicle (under 25 mph).
- If you’re driving 55 mph and come upon a tractor that’s moving 15 mph, it only takes five seconds to close a gap the length of a football field between you and the tractor.
- Do not try to pass a slow moving vehicle on the left without ensuring that the vehicle is not planning a left turn. It may appear that the driver is pulling over for you to pass when it is actually preparing to turn. You will drive right into its path, endangering yourself and the farmer.
- Do not pass if you are in a designated “No Passing Zone” or within 100 feet of any intersection, railroad grade crossing, bridge, elevation structure, or tunnel.
- Do not assume that a farm vehicle that pulls to the right side of the road is going to turn right or is letting you pass. Due to the size of some farm implements, the farmer must execute wide left-hand turns. If you are unsure, check the operator’s hand signals and check the left side of the road for gates, driveways or any place a farm vehicle may turn.