Be safe on the roads dur­ing har­vest rush

The Southwest Booster - - FRONT PAGE - GOVERN­MENT OF SASKATCHEWAN

With har­vest un­der­way, the Govern­ment of Saskatchewan is re­mind­ing farm­ers and mo­torists to keep safety as a top pri­or­ity dur­ing this busy pe­riod.

“Nice weather makes for a busy time on the farm in Saskatchewan,” Min­is­ter of High­ways and In­fra­struc­ture Lori Carr said. “By plan­ning ahead and tak­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate steps, we can help limit the safety risks con­nected to har­vest.”

To help im­prove safety:

• take ex­tra pre­cau­tions when pass­ing slow-mov­ing farm equip­ment;

• be re­spect­ful of other driv­ers, as slow-mov­ing ve­hi­cles can cause frus­tra­tion;

• en­sure lights are work­ing and ad­justed be­fore mov­ing farm equip­ment on pub­lic high­ways;

• know all height, length and weight re­stric­tions on farm ve­hi­cles and when per­mits may be re­quired; and

• reg­u­larly in­spect and main­tain equip­ment.

Pro­duc­ers who op­er­ate heavy trucks must com­ply with many of the same rules and reg­u­la­tions as com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors. Ve­hi­cles may be in­spected by Saskatchewan High­way Pa­trol of­fi­cers, which may take up to an hour.

“While we want to keep peo­ple mov­ing dur­ing the busy har­vest, we also must en­sure all ve­hi­cles are in safe op­er­at­ing or­der,” Carr said.

Driv­ers need to obey signs, stay alert and slow to 60 kilo­me­tres per hour through work zones. There may be cases in work zones where work­ers are not present that still re­quire you to slow down. A sharp pave­ment drop or loose stones dur­ing a seal coat are ex­am­ples of haz­ards that war­rant a slower posted speed.

A weekly high­way con­struc­tion up­date is also pub­lished on www. saskatchewan.ca/res­i­dents/transportation/high­way-con­struc­tion-projects/ weekly-high­way-con­struc­tion-up­date to pro­vide the trav­el­ling pub­lic with the lat­est de­tails on projects un­der­way to help plan safe and ef­fi­cient travel. You can also re­port a high­way work zone sign­ing prob­lem by call­ing 306-2445535.

If you’re plan­ning to travel, check the High­way Hot­line at www.saskatchewan.ca/high­way­hot­line, which pro­vides up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on con­struc­tion, and road con­di­tions.

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