YOUR TEXAS AGRICULTURE MINUTE
When a drive in the country can ruin your life
By Gene Hall
It’s harvest time in Texas. That means very large agricultural machines are sharing the roads with you. It can be frustrating to have to slow to less than 30 miles per hour and wait for an opportunity to pass. But remember, impatience or road rage can result in tragedy.
Texas agriculture, especially around urban areas, has become somewhat fragmented. That means the only way to get from field to field is to drive a few miles to the next one. It’s how they make a living.
There are regulations farmers must observe. One is a “slow moving vehicle” reflective and red triangular shield. This must be affixed to the equipment in a prominent way. All drivers must learn what this is and slow down. To do otherwise is dangerous and foolish.
Put your phone away. Save the texting and dialing for later. Drop your head to text about your dinner plans and you can close the distance between yourself and tragedy in a matter of seconds. Pay attention. You can save yourself from living with the unthinkable.
The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.
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