Halton Police Launch F.A.R.M.S.

September 23 to October 4, 2013

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As the fall harvest season approaches, the Halton Regional Police Service will be conducting a road safety initiative directed towards the safe movement of motor vehicles around large farm vehicles and self propelled implements of husbandry.

We recognize that the residents of Halton are fortunate enough to enjoy vibrant rural communities and a productive agricultural industry in all four municipalities.

Together, with the assistance of the Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (formerly the Farm Safety Association), the Halton Regional Police Service will launch Project “F.A.R.M.S.” (Farmers and Road-Users Moving Safely) with an educational period the week of September 16, 2013.

Drivers will be reminded to:
• Slow down when approaching farm equipment. Farm equipment is moving at slow speeds and the closing distance between your vehicle and the farm equipment can increase by 5 times.
• Not assume that the farmer can see you.
• Ensure you know the length and width of the equipment and it is safe before you pass.
• Be patient. Farmers are only on the roadway for short distances.

Beginning September 23, 2013 and running until October 4, 2013, the Halton Regional Police Service will operate a high visibility enforcement project targeting aggressive driving, speeding and unsafe passing by motor vehicles around farm equipment. Farm vehicles will also be checked for proper slow moving vehicle signs, lighting and safety equipment.

Links to the Grain Farmers of Ontario and the Farm Safety Association below provide additional information on road safety around farm vehicles.
http://www.gfo.ca/
http://www.farmsafety.ca/public/index.html
http://www.healthandsafetyontario.ca/WSPS/Home.aspx

For further enquiries regarding this initiative, please contact the project coordinator; Constable Al Stennett of Traffic Services at ext. 4807.

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