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Whitby, Ontario – The Regional Municipality of Durham would like to remind residents that harvest season is coming soon. Drivers may experience temporary delays on rural roads due to slow moving farm machinery. Motorists are asked to be patient and cautious when sharing the road with these vehicles.
When: Harvest season starts in the fall and will continue until the ground is frozen.
Where: Rural roads in Durham Region, including Regional roads. For a full list of Regional roads, visit durham.ca/RegionalRoads.
Why: Farmers have the important task of transporting the food that feeds our communities, and as part of that transportation they often use public roads to get from field to field, both day and night. It’s important for motorists to be patient and cautious around farm vehicles to ensure safety for everyone. Durham Region farmers provide us with a safe, reliable and nutritious food supply.
Safety tips to observe when coming across farm machinery on Regional roads include:
Watch for farm machinery and recognize slow moving vehicles on the road. Farm machinery can appear in a variety of shapes and sizes. Follow these tips for everyone’s safety:
Pass with caution
Be patient and wait for a safe opportunity to pass. When approaching a farm vehicle, consider the following:
Note: The Regional Municipality of Durham would like to thank motorists for their co-operation in making our roads safer for all users. Please be courteous when encountering farm equipment, just as you would with any other vehicle on the road. Common sense will ensure safe travel on our road system.
Durham Vision Zero is our long-term plan to ensure a safe transportation system that envisions a future that sees no serious injuries or lives lost on Durham’s roadways. Learn more at durham.ca/VisionZero.
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