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Posted on December 25, 2017 at 7:28 PM by Craig Johnson
“What’s New in County 22?”
Lately at the sheriff’s office we have been busy with traffic control for events like tractorcades, cruises and motorcycle rides. Also other county events in the area with increased traffic like “Plagman’s Barn Show Days” or Froelich “Fall-der-All”. I would like to apologize to the Riverpark Cruisers who held their car cruise on September 16th. We had planned for that event well in advance but when my officers lined up to assist with traffic control to start the cruise an emergency call came in and they had to leave their assignments to handle the other call. I believe the Guttenberg Officer working had to also leave. Those things will happen and we have to handle our emergencies first. Hopefully you had a safe and successful ride.
National Farm Safety and Health week is going on right now as I write this. Sept. 17-23. Farmers please take your time and be safe this fall so no one gets hurt. Be reminded of tractor safety; farm health, child and youth health and safety; working in confined spaces and rural roadway safety. A rush to get the harvest done is not worth it if someone gets hurt.
It is also that time of year when I would like to ask you to be aware of the farmer’s out there and give them a “brake”. Fall is one of the busiest times for farmers to move harvesting equipment on public roadways. They will be starting field work soon, if not already. Most farmers’ slow moving equipment, like a combine or a dual-wheeled tractor, is typically wider than one side of a two lane road. It seems like their equipment gets bigger every year. Farmers often have to take that equipment out onto public roads to move it from field to field. In fact, some farmers have told me that it takes longer moving the equipment than picking the crop itself.
State law requires that slow moving vehicles and equipment that travel slower than 25 mph be marked with a triangular slow-moving vehicle sign when operated on public roads. Granted this is just a small measure in letting motorists know they are there, but drivers need to be aware. Some farmers will have flashing amber lights, reflective decals and escort vehicles to alert approaching drivers. Please pass with caution and always be aware of your surroundings like field driveways coming up. The farm equipment operators may be turning into the driveway you saw approaching. Farmers please be aware that at night if you are moving combines or wide equipment, and your lights are not as wide as your combine head or load, oncoming vehicles you meet may not see how wide you are. I’ve met several combines at night with the flashing lights by the cab and when I get closer realized at the last second I have to move over because they are wider than I anticipated. Someone not paying attention might hit your head or wide load head on.
Also similar to this topic this fall are the leaf lookers coming to the area the next few weeks. Please drive safely and lets all have a safe fall and harvest season.
And if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me anytime, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by to see me.
Thanks and be safe,
Sheriff Mike Tschirgi