Highways and rural roads abound the Finger Lakes Region offering motorists lake views, vistas, rural countryside’s, and sites rich in history and tradition.
According to Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike, it is not unusual to find yourself sharing the road with tractors, self-propelled farm equipment, horse-drawn buggies; and road maintenance machinery. “While familiar on many roadways in Yates County, these vehicles may also bring with them unfamiliar hazards”, said Spike. Many rural roads offer less width to maneuver, loose gravel or blind hills, and unexpected turns. When combined with the presence of slow-moving vehicles, these hazards often challenge motorists.
Each year accidents involving farm tractors, farm machinery, horse, and buggies occur on public roadways causing equipment damage and more seriously injury or even death. Collisions with other motor vehicles make up a majority of these accidents. Motorists will encounter more slow-moving vehicles from May to October during planting and harvesting seasons. Often Mennonite horse and buggies, as well as bicycles are traveling Saturday and Sundays as well as weekend evenings.
New York State Law requires vehicles that travel 25 mph or less to have a Slow-Moving Vehicle (SMV) Emblem affixed to the middle of the rear area. Each piece of agricultural equipment whether self-propelled or used in combination shall separately display an SMV. Motorist need to recognize this symbol.