DOT reminds drivers to keep alert this harvesting season

Eau Claire (WQOW) – It may not feel like it today, but the season is close to changing. That means you’ll be sharing the roads with more farm equipment.

So, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is reminding you to stay alert as you come across hay wagons, tractors, combines and oversized vehicles. Each machine will be driving slower than usual.

“We encourage people to be aware that they’re on the road and prepare for things like that,” said Wisconsin State Trooper L.D. Coulson. “You might come around a curve and you all of a sudden, you’re coming across a vehicle that’s only going 15 mph, so, you gotta drive with due regard in that manner.”

Coulson said this time of year is high for these type of crashes. The State Patrol reminds drivers that you can’t pass a slow moving farming vehicles in a no-passing zones. Law enforcement also stress watching your speed, putting down your phone and watching your following distances, because farming vehicles can pop up when you least expect them.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt

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