Police and countryside campaigners urge motorists to be more considerate of farm vehicles as busy harvest approaches

08:21 05 September 2014

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Motorists who use roads in East Cambridgeshire are being warned not to overtake farm vehicles turning into fields.

Members of Countryside Watch are concerned that drivers are taking risks by overtaking tractors, even when they are indicating to turn right into fields.

The risks are also greater this time of year as harvest approaches and more farm vehicles are using the roads.

Sgt Chris Huggins, of Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “Drivers expect vehicles to always turn at junctions but tractors also turn into fields so motorists don’t include this as part of their driving plan.

“It means they may overtake without seeing an indicator or assuming that it has been left on unintentionally because there is no obvious junction ahead.

“On other occasions, drivers may take a chance and overtake to avoid being stuck behind the tractor or waiting for it to turn.

“Motorists often want to simply overtake as soon as possible when they see a tractor ahead but this could have very serious consequences.”

Ellen Muirhead, from Cambridge Countryside Watch, added: “Our members are reporting incidents where cars are continuing to overtake them, even when they are clearly indicating to turn right. One member recently had four incidents in one day.

“There are more tractors on the roads at this time of the year so there are greater risks and the consequences could be devastating.”

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Are drivers considerate enough of farm vehicles? Send your thoughts to daniel.mansfield@archant.co.uk or write to Ely Standard, Alexander House, Fore Hill, Ely, CB7 4AF.

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  • Yeah, OK but this works 2 ways. Now that a lot of farm tractors are capable of 30 mph, none of the drivers bother to pull over and let built up traffic past. Been stuck for miles several times recently. No wonder people are tempted to take risks. Lets have some consideration from both sides.

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