Georgia works to prevent farm crashes
The Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are teaming up to prevent crashes.
Every year ten to fifteen people die in farmer related crashes
Georgia farmers want drivers to slow down when approaching farm vehicles. That includes tractors, combines and crap wagons.
Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, said“we’ve had too many crashes where people have injured or killed. That’s the problem. We want to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities on the roads.”
When a farmer is injured or killed in these types of crashes these accidents the impact could be devastating to the farm. One Crisp County farmer John Bullington knows just how devastating that the impact can be.
Bullington said, “Personally, my brother was in a farm accident on a high top sprayer. A girl hit him.”
His brother has not been able to work in the past four years since the accident.
Georgia law requires all farming vehicles to have a triangle shaped signs. The signs signal they are moving at 25 miles per hour.
Harris Blackwood also warns drivers, “Take a deep breath, give em time and we know that there will be a safe place for you to pass that farm vehicle.”
And for farmers, Blackwood says add lights to your farm vehicles when traveling at dawn and dusk