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Monday, 01 April 2013 11:34

Spring planting season means farm equipment on the roads

(AREA) -- The arrival of spring means the state's farmers will soon be taking to the roadways with slow, bulky equipment, and that means it's time for motorists to take extra caution. Slow-moving farm equipment has as much right to the roadway as passenger vehicles and sharing the road safely this time of year calls for patience and close attention. It can take 300 feet of breaking distance for a car traveling 55 mph to avoid colliding with farm equipment traveling 15 mph. Michigan Farm Bureau's Agricultural Labor and Safety Services Department Manager Craig Anderson says motorists have to be alert at all times and allow enough room and time to slow down.