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Farmers Promote Rural Road Safety in PA

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Inside of many barns throughout the area, you'll find plenty of harvesting equipment covered in dust from winter storage.

For farmers like Jim Neuburger of Fairview, it's time to get the tractors back up and running.

The spring farming season is here.  As it begins, farmers are teaming up with emergency workers to spread a message of safety.

"We don't farm all in this one location," said Neuburger.  "We have farms in other areas so we have to use the public roads to get for those farms."

As the season begins, you're going to start seeing a lot of large equipment on rural roads.  Many of those machines will be traveling well below the speed limit.

"What you need to watch out for...is our slow moving vehicle emblem," said Nick Mobilia of the Erie County Farm Bureau.  "It's a universal sign that the vehicle your coming up on is moving below 25 miles per hour."

While it's tempting to pass that slow moving equipment, you may want to think twice.

"One of the worst things, is people passing in dangerous areas," said Neuburger.  "They just won't slow down and wait for you, then people don't realize what the equipment is, and don't realize you can't get over in certain situations."

Police say the key to driving behind large tractors, is patience.

"Just be aware of what's going on around you," said PA State Trooper Scott Callahan.  "Be conscientious when you are driving."

According to the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, PA has more rural roads than any other state in the country.

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