DOT advises drivers, farmers to share roads to stay safe

DOT advises drivers, farmers to share roads to stay safe

Department of Transportation officials are reminding drivers to share the roads with farming equipment as spring planting continues.

Because agricultural equipment is heavy and often slow-moving, there are special considerations that both the farming community and the traveling public should keep in mind to prevent crashes and damage to state infrastructure, officials said.

“The road to every grocery store and farmers market starts in Wisconsin’s countryside,” WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross said in a release. “It’s important that we give our farmers the room they need to get the job done. That means eliminating distractions, moving over when possible and slowing down.”

Secretary Ben Brancel said farmers and the public need to share the road.

Machinery operators have to be aware of the speed of traffic and traffic must slow down for farm vehicles that tend to be slow moving. Please stay safe!” Brancel said.

Tractors and other implements of husbandry are allowed to operate on Wisconsin roadways, provided the vehicles are within weight limits, according to the release.