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Tractor Safety

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In last couple of days , I have been driving to court outside of Nashville to Macon County. I noticed it is hay cutting time in Tennessee. Last year’s drought is just a memory and we are blessed with hay for the livestock. After seeing the tractors in the fields and on the highways, it reminded me to write about tractor safety issuses. First , farm tractors should be equipped for roll-over accidents. More than half of tractors are not equipped with roll-over protection or seat-belts. Second , tractors should be equipped with bypass starter covers and master shields. Bypass starter covers prevent jump starting which could cause a tractor to lurch forward. Master shields that are removed exposes an operating power-take off.Third , Farm tractors should be equipped with slow moving vehicle emblems to warn other drivers of the tractor on the roadway. More safety tips later this week.