By: Kara Duffy
October 16 2013
Moultrie, GA - Officials from the Georgia Governor's Office Of Highway Safety and the Georgia Department of Agriculture teamed up Wednesday at the Sunbelt Ag Expo to remind farmers and drivers to be cautious when sharing the road.
"This is the time of year when there will be hundreds and hundreds of farmers on tractors, on the roads, going from field to field and we want people to be aware of that," said Harris Blackwood, the Director of the G.O.H.S.
Statistics from 2012 reported 429 farm equipment related crashes.
"There were 185 injuries and 9 people lost their lives," Blackwood said. "That's a 7% increase from the previous year and ladies and gentleman, that's too much."
Officials say they're hoping to lower that number through their, "Improving Georgia's Yield Behind The Wheel' Campaign.
They say keeping the roads safe is a joint effort between both the farmers and the drivers.
"During harvest season, we're asking all of our producers to have the 'slow moving vehicle' sign posted; that it's actually clean and they're on all pieces of equipment," said Gary Black, the Georgia Ag Commissioner.
"Slow down, fasten your seat belt and for goodness sake, put down the cell phone," added Blackwood. "Those are the things we tell people, no matter where you're driving, and we want them to be safe. That's the number one thing."
The Sunbelt Ag Expo will be in town until Thursday evening.
For more information go to: http://sunbeltexpo.com/