August 29, 2014

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Obey proper traffic laws when hauling or pulling wagons, etc Print E-mail

The Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office has received complaints about “slow moving” vehicles, in particular farm tractors and/or pickup trucks pulling loads of tobacco or hay at night and operators of other moving vehicles not being able to see them from the rear due to the darkness. The officers have even worked at least one traffic accident over the last month due to this.

The Kentucky Revised Statutes state under KRS 189.820 that all slow moving vehicles “farm machinery” or vehicles capable of not more than 25 miles per hour shall be displayed with a “slow moving vehicle” emblem (yellow orange triangle with dark red reflective border) day or night while being operated on a public road in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The Pendleton County Sheriff’s Office is asking that farmers who are pulling wagons with loads that make their flashing lights or slow moving emblems not visible from the rear to make sure that they have a vehicle following them with their emergency flashers on so approaching traffic can be aware of them.

Penalties are a maximum of a $35 fine and is a misdemeanor conviction.