With harvest season well underway, the Nebraska State Patrol urges motorists to exercise caution and increase their awareness when traveling rural roads and highways. State Patrol Trooper Amanda Hunt says grain carts, tractors, and semi trucks are on rural roads carrying grain to and from harvest sites….
“People just need to just slow down…be cautious when passing these sort of vehicles, because some do take take up the entire roadway…and you need to be patient, not get in a hurry and safely pass these vehicles.”
Trooper Hunt says farm vehicles have every right to be on rural roads and will move over for your vehicle, if they can do so safely. Another important issue is to make sure the truck driver or equipment operator can see your vehicle because due to their dimensions and loads, operator visibility is often reduced.
Trooper Hunt also urges motor vehicle drivers and occupants of motor vehicles to buckle-up. She says its been a deadly year on the roads and many of those fatalities could have been prevented through the use of seat belts.
Trooper Tyler Schmidt is with the Carrier Enforcement Division, which maintains regulations regarding commercial motor vehicles. Trooper Schmidt says in order to be a safe motorist, with all the trucks on the road, there are a couple of important issues to keep in mind…
“Making sure that we all share the road. If you are behind one of these trucks, make sure that you can see their rear-view mirrors, because if you can’t see that, they surely cannot see you driving up behind them…so make sure to give them that safe distance. ”
Trooper Schmidt says for those who feel they need to use a cell phone…he has another tip…
Trooper Schmidt says some of these trucks have a gross weight of 80,000 pounds or more, if they’re carrying an oversized load. He says it’s important for motorists to pay attention, stay alert and maintain good driving behavior at all times.