It’s Harvest Time: Use Caution

Farming plays a vital role in Missouri’s economy, history, and identity. In the coming weeks, farmers across the state will be harvesting their crops. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reminds drivers to share the road. Expect to see an increase in farm machinery traffic–especially on rural highways. Please obey all traffic laws and remain vigilant. Farmers and motorists alike are encouraged to be safe, courteous drivers.

There were 186 Missouri traffic crashes involving farm equipment in 2018. In those crashes, seven people were killed and 66 were injured.

MOTORISTS

* Stay alert for slow moving farm equipment.
* When you come up behind a tractor or other farm machinery, please slow down and be patient. Wait to pass until you have a clear view of the road ahead and there is no oncoming traffic. Never pass on a hill or curve.
* Collisions commonly occur when a motorist tries to pass a left-turning farm vehicle. A tractor that appears to be pulling to the right side of the road to let motorists pass, instead may be preparing to make a wide left turn. Watch the farmer’s hand and light signals closely.
* Pay close attention to farm equipment entering and leaving the highway from side roads and driveways.
* Special attention must be paid when traveling at dawn or dusk when the sun makes it difficult for drivers to see.

FARMERS

* Make sure any farm equipment being driven on Missouri roadways is properly marked with lights and a “slow-moving vehicle” emblem.
* Drive as far to the right as possible.
* If traffic accumulates behind you on a road where it is difficult to make a safe pass, you should pull off onto the side of the road in a level area, so the vehicles can pass.
* If possible, never travel on roadways at dawn or dusk when it is more difficult for drivers of other vehicles to see. However, Missouri law allows agricultural machinery and implements to be operated on state highways between the hours of sunset and sunrise for agricultural purposes provided such vehicles are equipped with the required lighting.
* Like other motor vehicles, most modern farm tractors have seat belts. Always use a seat belt when operating a tractor equipped with a roll-over protection structure.
* Often, all-terrain vehicles are used for agricultural purposes. ATVs being used for farming can only travel on highways during daylight hours and must be equipped with lights, a bicycle flag, and a “slow-moving vehicle” emblem. The law requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a safety helmet when operating an ATV; the Patrol, however, recommends operators wear a safety helmet regardless of age.

Driving is a full-time job … for everyone! Distracted drivers are dangerous drivers. Whether you’re driving a vehicle or operating farm machinery, you must pay attention to the roadway, other drivers, and traffic signs. It’s that simple.

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

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Butler: Permits for Sale for City-Wide Garage Sale October 5th.

The Butler Chamber of Commerce Fall City Wide Garage Sale is set for

 Saturday, October 5th. Get you Garage Sale permit from the Butler City

 Hall. The cost is $10.00 per garage sale. The $10.00 permit gets your

 name on the City-Wide map which will be  available in the Butler

 Xchanger prior to the Garage Sale date. Make plans now and get a

permit for the October 5th Butler City-Wide Garage Sale, Saturday,  October 5th.

9/11 Silent Procession

THE ADRIAN FIRE DEPARTMENT INVITES ALL BRANCHES OF THE MILITARY AND ALL FIRST RESPONDERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ANNUAL 9-11 SILENT PROCESSION TO HONOR THOSE THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES ON SEPTEMBER 11TH.  MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS ARE ASKED TO MEET AT THE CORNER OF 1ST AND CLARK AT 5:30PM ON WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH WITH THE PROCESSION BEGINNING AT 6PM AND TRAVELLING DOWN MAIN AND ENDING AT THE OPTOMIST BUILDING.  THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO VIEW THE PROCESSION AS IT MAKES ITS WAY ALONG THE ROUTE.  LIFEFLIGHT WILL FLY OVER AT 6:20PM AND THE PROGRAM WILL BEGIN AT 7PM AT THE OPTOMIST BUILDING IN ADRIAN.

Birthday Celebration for Dixie Underwood

Happy 90th birthday to Dixie Underwood.  Dixie’s family would like to invite you to a birthday celebration in her honor on Saturday, September 14th.  The party is from 2 to 4 pm in the basement of Community First Bank, 915 West Ft. Scott street in Butler.  Happy birthday Dixie!!!