Keep Wayne County roads safe for farmers

The farmers are getting cranked up for a new season of growing crops to put food in our mouths and clothes on our backs. Their equipment on our roads is an essential component of the noble agricultural profession. I assure you the farmer (would) much rather be in the field than on the road.

Please respect the driver and expensive equipment he/she is responsible for. On our curvy two-lane roads, the driver must look out for mailboxes, road signs, nitwits on phones, the tired, the impatient, etc.

A corn picker, on the road, is 20 feet wide, with a top speed of 18 mph. The disc harrow is 18 feet wide, with a top speed of 20 mph. The corn/soybean planter is 14 feet wide, with a top speed of 15 mph. Think of the investment farm families have tied up in their equipment. And the skill set and responsibilities of the driver.

Upon encountering farm equipment on our roadways, please slow down and assess the situation. Have patience and understanding of what farmers try to accomplish every year. This is a matter of life and death, people. What happened on the (U.S.) 70 bypass last year should never happen again. And if (the N.C. Department of Transportation) needs to put up a lot more flashing yellow warning lights with the sign of a man on a tractor, then so be it.

Please do your part to keep Wayne County’s roadways safe.

Lisa Reaves