Farmers ask drivers to drive carefully

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

It's spring planting season for farmers and they're asking for your help.

Drivers may see a growing number of farm equipment travelling on our highways and roads.

As the size of equipment grows, so does the danger of passing vehicles.

"I know it's a little aggravating behind a farm tractor and they're slow but we try to get off the road and give them room. I'd like to ask that they watch out for us during this spring time,” says farmer Joe Powell.

Many farmers are just asking that you be careful and pay extra attention this time of year.

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  • by rodsmith on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    you missed it again kelsey. first "slow moving vehicle" signs are not LEGAL tags tags unless you missed it have a TAG NUMBER on them if you think i'm wrong just stick your "slow moving" sign on your car and take a run through downtown dothan and see what happens! As for using a tractor yep i have my own garden on my OWN propety and i dont' use the tractor to run up and down the roads. When it does leave my property like for my brother in-law to use it IT'S ON A TRAILOR!
  • by Kelsey Location: Florida on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM
    Hey Rodsmith, the little metal plates you speak of are called "slow moving vehicle" signs.They are triangle and orange.By the way, I'm sure you ate 3 meals today, OH, you're welcome!!!! LOL!!!!!! Even though we don't ask for a thanks. And about the fuel, maybe we should restrict groceries to those who appreciate them and neglect those who are unappreciative, but, people like you would Starve. Been on a tractor lately, or can you even operate one??
  • by rodsmith on Apr 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM
    very cute kelsey! did we miss an anger managment session? and H if you look most farmers buy their fue from "off road use" pumps it does NOT include road use taxes becasue the equpment and vehicles it goes it ARE NOT supposed to be on the road. They also dont' have TAGS you know those little metal plates all vehicles that are on a ROAD are supposed to have or get a ticket! I am well aware farmers go a great deal of work i also think they are underpaid for the work they do. BUT just becasue you do good one day DOES NOT give you the right to flaunt the law today!
  • by Kelsey Location: florida on Apr 27, 2010 at 08:29 PM
    This comment for RodSmith. God bless America and the farmers that feed your fat a$$. IF not for farmers you would starve. We work harder than your average person. For instance, those semi's you mentioned, take them off the road, life continues, let farmers park their tracors and planters, all of America could start digging thier graves!!!!!!!
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:58 PM
    Rodsmith just call the hiway patrol and ask them. No matter when the laws were passed they are still on the books. Just so you'll know. Here in Alabama we respect the ones who feed us and we expect visitors to our great state to do the same. I hope you have a great day rodsmith, and please be careful when you're driving, not everyone is in a hurry.
  • by H Location: Kinston on Apr 27, 2010 at 01:57 PM
    rodsmith last time I check farmers paid taxes just like you and me and have every right to have their equipment on the road.
  • by rodsmtih on Apr 27, 2010 at 08:28 AM
    joey i belive if you check the alabama legal code you will find those laws your talking about date like most of alabama's out of date constitution from the 1800's when the other vehicles on the road were HORSES and the average speed was 20 miles a DAY! Today's roads are geared toward much higher speeds so dumping a piece of farm equipment that can only do 4-5 miles per hour into the mix is simply CRIMINAL. If they can't run with the flow of traffic they need to be on the back of a SEMI! and cynthia no my mouth wasn't full! Was yours?
  • by Cynthia Location: Enterprise on Apr 27, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    This comment is for RODSMITH. I hope you didn't say that with your mouth full.
  • by Randy Location: Dothan on Apr 27, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    While I have nothing against farmers I would suggest that they should make sure that all of their lights function & are turned on when they operate their equipment on the road. Also maybe they should consider traveling with escort vehicles when they move equipment that takes up more than one lane. I have personaly seen several instances where you can come around a curve or over a hill at a legal speed & there is a piece of farm equipment in both lanes with no warning. I know of no modern equipment that doesn't have headlights, worklights, & 4 way flashers. Also which farmer doesn't have a pick-up truck or 2 that could escort his oversized equipment. This should be done out of common sense, as a courtesy & for safety whether required by law or not.
  • by J Location: Florida on Apr 26, 2010 at 07:39 PM
    RODSMITH, I bet you think peanuts grow on trees don't you?
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