Press release from Indiana State Police
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The arrival of spring means farm equipment on the roadways. As the farmers begin the planting season motorists can expect to see tractors, wagons, and other large pieces of farm machinery on the roadways, particularly on the county roads as they move from field to field. Motorists are reminded some pieces of farm equipment are very large and move slowly. Motorists should be alert for slow moving farm machinery and adjust their driving accordingly.
Farmers should also be courteous when operating farm machinery on the roadways. While driving, all motorists are only entitled to half the roadway and this includes farm machinery. Many pieces of farm equipment are very wide and take up a good portion of the travel lanes on roadways, particularly on narrow county roads. Farmers should to their best to keep right when approaching oncoming traffic to allow vehicles to pass by safely. Motorists should also do their best to move over as much as possible to allow wide farm equipment to safely pass.
Farmers should also be aware of traffic behind them being held up due to the slower operating speeds of their farm equipment. Indiana Code 9-21-5-7 says, “A person may not drive a motor vehicle at a slow speed that impedes or blocks the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with the law. A person who is driving at a slow speed so that three (3) or more other vehicles are blocked and cannot pass on the left around the vehicle shall give right-of-way to the other vehicles by pulling off to the right of the right lane at the earliest reasonable opportunity and allowing the blocked vehicles to pass.” In other words, a motorist or the operator of slow moving vehicle or farm equipment could receive a ticket for driving too slowly.
Remember, we all share the roadways and we need to do our very best to be safe, courteous drivers.