Drivers on South Georgia's rural roads will soon see the return of a familiar sight - tractors on and off the roadway during planting season.
Farmers from Appling, Jeff Davis, and other counties met with the heads of Georgia agriculture and highway safety to talk about ways to prevent crashes and save lives.
Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Gary Black and Harris Blackwood, director of the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, talked about the importance of drivers and farmers doing their parts.
"We need both parties to be more careful on the back roads when there are tractors using the roads. They have a legal right to do so. We need to save lives," Black stated.
Last year, roadway deaths in Georgia dropped for the seventh straight year. However, crashes and deaths involving farm equipment on the road increased by one.
"Even a single death is one too many," Blackwood said. "We want drivers to be careful on those country roads as they come around curves or blind hills. They could come up on a slower moving tractor and have no time to react."