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New York Farm Bureau CNY Office 7413 County House Road Auburn, New York 13021 (315

)252-1367 Fax: (315) 252-1900

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


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DATE: September 3, 2015

Contact: Jennifer Rossi, 315-252jrossi@nyfb.org

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Urge Motorists to Exercise


Caution
In anticipation of harvest season, the Jefferson County Farm Bureau would
like to remind the public they will soon see an increased volume of slowmoving farm vehicles on the roadways and ask for increased caution and
patience from motorists. According to the National Safety Council, accidents
involving a farm vehicle are five times more likely to produce a fatality than
any other type of motor vehicle accident.
The activities involved with the end of growing season lead to an amplified
number of unfamiliar tractors, combines and large trucks sharing the roads
with other drivers, said Jefferson County Farm Bureau President Kyle
Hafemann. We believe it is important to increase awareness of the potential
dangers and work together to keep our communities safe.
Hafemann noted that farmers take extra precautions such as ensuring that
their vehicles comply with applicable laws and regulations and will do what
they can to mitigate the impact on motorists, but the key to harvest season
safety is vigilance and patience.
Here are some common-sense tips for avoiding farm vehicle accidents:

Be alert and allow enough time and room to slow down


Do not attempt to pass in no passing zones and adhere to existing
traffic laws and rules relating to slow-moving vehicles
Watch for turn signals and respond appropriately
Dont assume the farmer knows you are there. They make every effort
to be aware of their surroundings, but farm equipment is large and
loud
Be patient.

Jefferson County Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues
challenging the agricultural community. The county is part of New York Farm Bureau, the
largest agricultural advocacy group in New York State, known to members and the public as
The Voice of New York Agriculture.

Jefferson County farmers work hard to contribute to the well-being of their


neighborhoods and are grateful for the support of their neighbors. Working
collaboratively will save lives.
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Jefferson County Farm Bureau is dedicated to solving the economic and public policy issues
challenging the agricultural community. The county is part of New York Farm Bureau, the
largest agricultural advocacy group in New York State, known to members and the public as
The Voice of New York Agriculture.