Drivers Encouraged to Watch for Motorcycles, Tractors

The warmer weather ahead will bring with it an increased presence of motorcycles and tractors on area roads. Ross County Sheriff's Chief Deputy TJ Hollis said motorists need to watch out for these vehicles.

"Make sure that you're aware of whose around you, drive as safely as you possibly can, and be prepared that something may occur and that you're going to have to react to it," said Chief Deputy Hollis. 

Sheriff George Lavender said we're likely to see an increased presence in ATVs as well. 

"Farmers sometimes will ride them along the edge of their fields and that's legal to do that if they own the property," said Lavender.

He added, however, that it is illegal for ATVs to be on state or county roads. 

"Some of these 4-wheelers will run in excess of 70 miles per hour, but they are unstable," said Lavender. "You go through a curve, you get them leaning on one side or the other, they can flip." 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports there were over 92,000 ATV-related injuries in U.S. in 2015.

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