One Road cam­paign brings im­por­tant mes­sage

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - TRURO NEWS STAFF

One road, many driv­ers.

The mes­sage of a new cam­paign launched by Farm Safety Nova Sco­tia is to high­light dan­gers faced by farm­ers as they travel the roads with farm­ing equip­ment.

“As we are in the midst of fall har­vest sea­son, Nova Sco­tians are go­ing to see more of our farm­ers and farm work­ers out on the roads trans­port­ing goods in slow-mov­ing farm equip­ment,” said Carolyn Van Den Heu­vel, man­ager with Farm Safety Nova Sco­tia, based in Truro.

“This cam­paign is to re­mind ev­ery­one that we all share the same road but use it for dif­fer­ent pur­poses.”

And whether it’s the farmer or the mo­torist, “road safety is ev­ery­one’s re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Farm­ers are often trav­el­ing short dis­tances on the road at typ­i­cal speeds of 30 km/h to 40 km/h with wide equip­ment that can be longer than an­tic­i­pated.

“When you see a slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cle, slow down and use cau­tion,” she said.

Van Den Heu­vel stressed that while the cam­paign’s mes­sage is in­tended to cre­ate greater aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing about farm ve­hi­cles op­er­at­ing on Nova Sco­tia’s high­ways, there is also a key role for farm­ers and their work­ers to play in mak­ing sure they fol­low safe prac­tices and ve­hi­cle com­pli­ance reg­u­la­tions.

She said farm­ers “aren’t ex­actly sur­prised” when their slow-mov­ing farm ve­hi­cles gen­er­ate the ire of driv­ers on the prov­ince’s roads but they are amazed by the num­ber of mo­torists who would rather risk their own lives – and the farm­ers’ – rather than slow down as they pass.

And that is the is­sue Farm Safety Nova Sco­tia is pri­or­i­tiz­ing in its lat­est cam­paign called One Road.

The ob­jec­tive of the cam­paign is twofold: to keep farm­ers, work­ers and com­muters all safe when farm ve­hi­cles are on high­ways with mo­torists trav­el­ling at high speeds while also en­sur­ing farm work­ers are ad­her­ing to safe prac­tices when us­ing provin­cial high­ways and road­ways. To learn more about the cam­paign visit: http:// www.farm­safe­tyns.ca/oneroad/

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