Farmers: ATV's do not mix with heavy farm equipment; could end tragically
POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 9:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 9:04pm
LAFAYETTE, LA (NBC33) — Farm safety is of great concern now that sugarcane planting is in full swing and the public needs to be aware along with those riding ATVs.
This time of year sugarcane is really tall, around ten to twelve feet, which creates a lot of blind spots and many blind corners.
"If you're in a blind spot the worst thing could happen. A piece of equipment could run into a four-wheeler, let alone have children on it. It would be tragic," says Michael Melancon, Vice President of American Sugar Cane League.
Parents use extra supervision with your children around farm land.
Farmers don't want any accidents so they're asking the public to refrain from driving ATVs in sugarcane fields and farm roads. Operating ATVs while trespassing can be very dangerous, especially while farm crews are working.