NSP reminds drivers to be on high alert with Spring planting underway

(Undated) -- As the Spring planting season gets underway in Nebraska, the State Patrol is reminding drivers to use extra caution as heavy farming equipment in out on the roadways.

Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Bolduc says, “Our ag producers across Nebraska do exceptional work to feed America year-in and year-out. As they get back into the field for the planting season, we encourage all drivers to keep an eye out for ag implements and large equipment as they travel from field to field.”

Nebraska drivers are reminded that it is legal for farm machinery to travel from field to field on public roads, other than Nebraska’s interstates. They also remind motorists that the equipment often travels at slow speeds and their size may limit the operator’s ability to see other vehicles on the road. The NSP says drivers should only pass in legal passing zones and when it is safe to do so.

“From season to season, we know that the work of Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers never stops,” said Captain Dan Doggett, Commander of the NSP Carrier Enforcement Division. “All Nebraskans can take pride in the work they do. We can all work together to keep our roads safe and help ensure that Nebraska’s number-one industry remains strong.”

Drivers should be alert and use extra caution on roadways that may be a route of travel for ag machinery. Ag producers are also encouraged to comply with traffic safety laws, display warning signs on machinery, use flashing yellow caution lights when traveling, and be aware of vehicles that may be attempting to pass.

(Photo by the Nebraska State Patrol)

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