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March 14, 2013

Farm group, state try to lower rural road deaths

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BLOOMINGTON (AP) — The state Department of Transportation is joining the Illinois Farm Bureau and the state police in attempting to encourage drivers to slow down on rural roads.

Their campaign starts with the upcoming planting season across the state. The department says traffic accidents have been the second-leading cause of farm-related deaths since 2008. In all, 29 Illinois residents have died in crashes involving farm machinery in that time.

Drivers will see banners on rural roads reminding them and farmers to look out for each other.

Terry Pope of the Farm Bureau said in a news release that the organizations believe just asking people to slow down and pay more attention could help save lives.

The campaign is based on the success of local efforts in Adams and Madison counties.

 

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