Safety first

The Wellington County OPP has issued an alert about slow moving vehicles using area roads.

Robb said driving safely this summer is the top priority for the county OPP and the Ministry of Transportation.  That’s why they have teamed up to make sure when people head out this summer, they get to their holiday destination safely, and just as importantly, you make it back home again.

Robb said a slow-moving vehicle sign is a reflective orange triangle bordered with red. It is used to warn drivers that a vehicle – as the name suggests – is moving slowly.

“A slow-moving vehicle can not exceed 40km/hour, so it’s important to slow down when approaching these vehicles,” Robb said.

He suggested that while travelling behind a vehicle with a slow-moving vehicle sign, drivers should be extra cautious by reducing speed and staying well back. Only pass a slow-moving vehicle when it is safe to do so. If it is a horse drawn carriage, be aware the horse may be startled when a motor vehicle approaches and passes. Robb added farm vehicles, such as combines and tractors, are longer and wider and turn at places that may not be well marked, such as field entrances.

“Be patient. These vehicles are difficult to pass, are often not on the road for very long.”

He added, “Trouble cannot always be avoided but we don’t have to go looking for it.  Slow down, wear your seatbelt and concentrate on your driving. Having safe roadways has to start with you.”