Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Farm Bureaus of Illinois help launch a safe driving campaign
for rural roads.
Since 2008, roadway collisions have been the second leading
cause of Illinois farm-related deaths. To combat this problem, the
Farm Bureaus of Illinois, Illinois Department of Transportation, and Illinois State
Police launched Caution: Slow Down, Share the Road, a
rural roadway safety awareness program.
"The Illinois Farm Bureau Board endorsed the effort to increase
awareness about rural roadway safety. We believe this program will
save lives," said Terry Pope, Illinois Farm Bureau District 9
Director. "This statewide initiative exemplifies our strength as a
grassroots organization striving to serve the interests of our
members. This effort originated with members of two county Farm
Bureaus who recognized a problem and acted to resolve it."
Caution: Slow Down, Share the Road began with members
in Adams County Farm Bureau and Madison County Farm
Bureau, who wanted to raise awareness about the unique dangers
of rural driving. The idea quickly caught on in five additional
counties. The success of this initiative at the county level and
the need for safer rural roadways triggered the statewide
As a part of the campaign, banners will appear along rural
roadways throughout the state to remind rural motorists and farmers
to look out for each other. Increasing efforts for education and
awareness will decrease the number of accidents that occur and make
rural roadways safer for everyone.
"One driving fatality is one too many. We need to educate the
public about safely navigating rural roadways," said Illinois State
Police Education Officer Mike Kindhart. "With drivers being
distracted more and more with electronic devices, the need for such
a campaign is even more important."
Twenty-nine Illinois residents have died in roadway collisions
with farm machinery during the last 5 years. Rural motorists
accounted for all deaths except 3, who were farmers. Through the
efforts of the Caution: Slow Down, Share the Road
campaign, project partners aim to reduce rural roadway deaths to
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