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(WAOW Wausau)   New Wisconsin law lets you pass slow-moving farm equipment. In other news, it used to be illegal to pass slow-moving farm equipment   (waow.com) divider line 91
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2012-09-25 10:46:52 AM
News to me, I've passed 'em countless times.
 
2012-09-25 12:16:08 PM

Nina Haagen Dazs: News to me, I've passed 'em countless times.


Doesn't it make your butt hurt?
 
2012-09-25 01:45:03 PM
In other other news, someone took the time to pass BOTH laws.
 
2012-09-25 01:47:38 PM
Getting stuck behind tractors is one of the very few things I dislike about country life.

/I'm in Michigan, though.
 
2012-09-25 01:47:49 PM
Subby has poor reading comprehension. It's an exception for no-passing zones. If it's moving at less than half the posted limit, you can pass it even in a no-passing zone.
 
2012-09-25 01:50:11 PM
I'm reading this in my combine on I-94, so I'm getting a kick out of this.
 
2012-09-25 01:51:15 PM
Good, driving behind Packer fans sucks.
 
2012-09-25 01:55:33 PM
Sometimes when you get that combine on a two lane road, passing isn't an option. You just hope the farmer will turnout at some point and let you by.
 
2012-09-25 01:55:51 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Subby has poor reading comprehension. It's an exception for no-passing zones. If it's moving at less than half the posted limit, you can pass it even in a no-passing zone.


Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?
 
2012-09-25 01:55:52 PM
One of the smarter things our lawmakers have done.

Outlawing of margarine, women can't have their hair cut, no kissing on trains.

Hooray for dumb and dumber and dumberer and dumberest laws
 
2012-09-25 01:56:29 PM

breadprincess: Getting stuck behind tractors is one of the very few things I dislike about country life.

/I'm in Michigan, though.


I hate getting stuck behind 40ft tractors flinging mud at everyone on the road. Also trucks full of pigs. I think that's the worst.
 
2012-09-25 01:56:39 PM

Fish in a Barrel: Subby has poor reading comprehension. It's an exception for no-passing zones. If it's moving at less than half the posted limit, you can pass it even in a no-passing zone.


Wait.. people are supposed to read the stories they're linking to? When did this happen?
 
2012-09-25 01:57:09 PM

KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?


Have you ever been to Wisconsin?
 
2012-09-25 01:58:13 PM
When I took driver's ed (25 years or so ago), the Indiana manual said that if you were doing 10 miles or more UNDER the speed limit, and you had 5 or more cars piled up behind you, you were REQUIRED to pull over and let them pass. If it's still a law, I really wish it would be enforced.
 
2012-09-25 01:58:35 PM
What if there's a scarecrow in your lane? What do?
 
2012-09-25 01:59:09 PM

This text is now purple: KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?

Have you ever been to Wisconsin?


I live there. And I own a tractor.
 
2012-09-25 01:59:39 PM
Waits patiently for butt passing response from Nina Haagen Dazs.

/ Inquiring minds want to know
 
2012-09-25 02:00:01 PM
Does passing old ladies going 10mph count too?
 
2012-09-25 02:01:25 PM

psychoace: breadprincess: Getting stuck behind tractors is one of the very few things I dislike about country life.

/I'm in Michigan, though.

I hate getting stuck behind 40ft tractors flinging mud at everyone on the road. Also trucks full of pigs. I think that's the worst.


Honey wagons. That is all.
 
2012-09-25 02:04:17 PM

Dunkirk: When I took driver's ed (25 years or so ago), the Indiana manual said that if you were doing 10 miles or more UNDER the speed limit, and you had 5 or more cars piled up behind you, you were REQUIRED to pull over and let them pass. If it's still a law, I really wish it would be enforced.


Driving with hazard lights on while it's raining!

I hate that shiat.
 
2012-09-25 02:04:32 PM

KarmicDisaster: This text is now purple: KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?

Have you ever been to Wisconsin?

I live there. And I own a tractor.


So you're the guy who's never in a sufficient hurry to travel within 20 miles an hour of the speed limit.
 
2012-09-25 02:05:03 PM

Dunkirk: When I took driver's ed (25 years or so ago), the Indiana manual said that if you were doing 10 miles or more UNDER the speed limit, and you had 5 or more cars piled up behind you, you were REQUIRED to pull over and let them pass. If it's still a law, I really wish it would be enforced.


Are you from Dunkirk, Indiana by chance? If so, I fully understand. People in this area drive me friggen nuts.
 
2012-09-25 02:05:34 PM
Great, more rules about pass interference.
 
2012-09-25 02:05:35 PM

This text is now purple: KarmicDisaster: This text is now purple: KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?

Have you ever been to Wisconsin?

I live there. And I own a tractor.

So you're the guy who's never in a sufficient hurry to travel within 20 miles an hour of the speed limit.


I guess considering that top speed is 20MPH, and there is no way to go faster, yes.
 
2012-09-25 02:08:51 PM
So when Lady Ga Ga is visiting the state we can pass that ho?
 
2012-09-25 02:10:07 PM
Not enough lube in the world. What?
 
2012-09-25 02:10:07 PM

KarmicDisaster: Fish in a Barrel: Subby has poor reading comprehension. It's an exception for no-passing zones. If it's moving at less than half the posted limit, you can pass it even in a no-passing zone.

Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?


I don't think we do. Pretty much all of the no-passing zones are there for a reason. They either directly precede a hill or a curve or something else that impairs vision of opposite direction of traffic.

I frequent the Central Wisconsin Farm Wasteland of Marathon and Clark Counties, and I really don't think it was ever that big of an issue.

Instead, somebody's going to die because of a stupid but legal pass attempt.
 
2012-09-25 02:11:21 PM

This text is now purple: KarmicDisaster: This text is now purple: KarmicDisaster: Yeah, that's right, it just allows you to pass in a no passing zone, providing that they are going less than the speed limit. Before you had to wait for a passing zone, then pass. Did we really need this?

Have you ever been to Wisconsin?

I live there. And I own a tractor.

So you're the guy who's never in a sufficient hurry to travel within 20 miles an hour of the speed limit.


I'm going to be kind and assume you've never operated heavy equipment before. The speed he's moving is the tractor at it's highest gear
 
2012-09-25 02:12:18 PM
Um; you'd be insane to allow passing in a no-passing zone. There's usually a good reason that that particular stretch of road is a no passing zone.

Such as, going up a steep hill; you have no idea what's on the other side. Passing on a bridge is a good way to kill someone. So is passing on a sharp curve. I realize you don't want to get stuck behind a combine; but it's one of the dangers of driving.
 
2012-09-25 02:15:01 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Driving with hazard lights on while it's raining!

I hate that shiat.


Ok, what the hell is up with this. It's like in the past few years horrible drivers started to believe that if they put on their hazards on they can drive any way they feel like.

"No break lights, half the speed limit, not aware of anything around them hell it doesn't matter I have my hazards on, it's your problem now."
 
2012-09-25 02:22:03 PM
So there is no shoulder anywhere in Wisconsin for these slow moving vehicles to pull over onto when they notice the inevitable pile-ups behind them? Even the Amish in Pennsyltucky pull over to let cars pass.
 
2012-09-25 02:24:02 PM
Where do you get equipment for a slow-moving farm?
 
2012-09-25 02:24:04 PM

iheartscotch: Um; you'd be insane to allow passing in a no-passing zone. There's usually a good reason that that particular stretch of road is a no passing zone.

Such as, going up a steep hill; you have no idea what's on the other side. Passing on a bridge is a good way to kill someone. So is passing on a sharp curve. I realize you don't want to get stuck behind a combine; but it's one of the dangers of driving.


There's still this thing called common sense, you see. Passing zones are designed for cars moving near the speed limit, so they require lots of room to navigate. With a crawling tractor, you can safely pass in many places not possible with normal traffic.

The only thing this law will do is to keep people who insist upon driving strictly "legal" from screwing up traffic. Which, is a GOOD thing.
 
2012-09-25 02:25:41 PM
Believe me, I do everything possible to avoid the highway, and try to minimize the number of trips and always adjust my time to avoid peak traffic. Sometimes I'll load less hay so I can do the highway part faster. I don't like it any more than you do, but people have to eat. The guy that does my custom work hates it too, he just floors it; you don't want to hit a loaded hay wagon, you are going to lose. He even sold off some of his land for development because it was on the other side of the highway and he did not want to cross any more. Fortunately, I don't have to go out often. More modern equipment has a highway gear, but it isn't going to always get you up to the speed of people that want to go 72 on a 55 two lane road.
 
2012-09-25 02:26:21 PM
This is the sort of thing that makes back-country driving...interesting. Here in the Palouse, they use huge tractors and combines with 32-foot headers. The roads wind up and around the hills, so the sight lines aren't great. It's always a thrill to be pushing along one of these roads, come over a hill, and find the whole road covered with combine. Pilot cars? In your dreams.
 
2012-09-25 02:29:14 PM
Seeing as when I lived in Wisconsin the school bus driver would have the kids get out and push when the bus got stuck in snow, this coming up now doesn't surprise me in the least.
 
2012-09-25 02:32:28 PM

Alphakronik: Seeing as when I lived in Wisconsin the school bus driver would have the kids get out and push when the bus got stuck in snow, this coming up now doesn't surprise me in the least.


Ugh :(
One of our bulk truck drivers also farms. He lives on a county road with a small hill near one of his fields. Two years ago he was heading to that field with the corn head on and a 19 year old kid topped that knoll at a high rate of speed. You can guess the rest if you know what corn heads look like.
 
2012-09-25 02:34:48 PM

FTGodWin: iheartscotch: Um; you'd be insane to allow passing in a no-passing zone. There's usually a good reason that that particular stretch of road is a no passing zone.

Such as, going up a steep hill; you have no idea what's on the other side. Passing on a bridge is a good way to kill someone. So is passing on a sharp curve. I realize you don't want to get stuck behind a combine; but it's one of the dangers of driving.

There's still this thing called common sense, you see. Passing zones are designed for cars moving near the speed limit, so they require lots of room to navigate. With a crawling tractor, you can safely pass in many places not possible with normal traffic.

The only thing this law will do is to keep people who insist upon driving strictly "legal" from screwing up traffic. Which, is a GOOD thing.


Common Sense? Is that anything like a Tuscaloosa Dumpling?

I agree that some areas are less risky than others; my point is, that it is an increased risk to everyone on the road. Some combines are big enough that you can't see around them at all. It might work and then again; it might cause a lot of accidents.

/ people are impatient idiots; nothing that you are driving to is worth dying for
 
2012-09-25 02:36:43 PM

WTFDYW: One of our bulk truck drivers also farms. He lives on a county road with a small hill near one of his fields. Two years ago he was heading to that field with the corn head on and a 19 year old kid topped that knoll at a high rate of speed. You can guess the rest if you know what corn heads look like.


So he murdered a kid because he was traveling with such an arrangement that he blocked both sides of the road, without a warning vehicle?
 
2012-09-25 02:43:17 PM

This text is now purple: WTFDYW: One of our bulk truck drivers also farms. He lives on a county road with a small hill near one of his fields. Two years ago he was heading to that field with the corn head on and a 19 year old kid topped that knoll at a high rate of speed. You can guess the rest if you know what corn heads look like.

So he murdered a kid because he was traveling with such an arrangement that he blocked both sides of the road, without a warning vehicle?


He wasn't ticketed. Around here at this time of you, you MUST assume that there is farm empliments on the road and drive accordingly. Especially when driving over a knoll.
 
2012-09-25 02:44:02 PM

WTFDYW: This text is now purple: WTFDYW: One of our bulk truck drivers also farms. He lives on a county road with a small hill near one of his fields. Two years ago he was heading to that field with the corn head on and a 19 year old kid topped that knoll at a high rate of speed. You can guess the rest if you know what corn heads look like.

So he murdered a kid because he was traveling with such an arrangement that he blocked both sides of the road, without a warning vehicle?

He wasn't ticketed. Around here at this time of year you, you MUST assume that there is farm empliments on the road and drive accordingly. Especially when driving over a knoll.


FTFM
 
2012-09-25 02:46:43 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Dunkirk: When I took driver's ed (25 years or so ago), the Indiana manual said that if you were doing 10 miles or more UNDER the speed limit, and you had 5 or more cars piled up behind you, you were REQUIRED to pull over and let them pass. If it's still a law, I really wish it would be enforced.

Driving with hazard lights on while it's raining!

I hate that shiat.


Oh geez, don't get me started on that. I wish the DMV would put billboards up telling people not to do that.
 
2012-09-25 02:49:40 PM
To be honest, Wisconsin drivers are slow moving themselves.

/FIB
 
2012-09-25 03:03:32 PM

ShadeeJake: To be honest, Wisconsin drivers are slow moving themselves.

/FIB


And they cruise in the left-hand lane, even when there's no one to the right of them. But then, that could be because all of their concrete is apparently poured by one defective paver that gives the right-hand lane a rhythmic unevenness that's more maddening than Chinese water torture.

/thump thump
//thump thump
///thump thump
 
2012-09-25 03:08:03 PM

ShadeeJake: To be honest, Wisconsin drivers are slow moving themselves.

/FIB


Not when it's time for happy hour!

/checks watch
//dammit
 
2012-09-25 03:10:12 PM

StoPPeRmobile: Driving with hazard lights on while it's raining!


Gah! I am not looking forward to that this winter. Never fails to happen at least twice a season, if it's snowing I'll get stuck behind some asshat doing 2mph down the center of the road, with his hazards on. Look, if the weather is so bad that you think this is a good idea, then stay the fark home.
 
2012-09-25 03:10:57 PM
farm equipment going slow I'm ok with because we have a tractor and occasionaly we do some road travel to get diesel.The vehicle is street legal it's just not meant to plow a field doing 70 mph. What I hate in the country is getting stuck behind grandpa in the Ford pickup he bought brand new in 1973 that now has 38000 original miles on the odometer and a left turn signal that is always on doing 25 mph on a road that is anywhere from 55 to 70 mph. And the worse part is there's no attempt on their part to let you pass by or pull over because "thats the way I've always done it and I don't need to g a changin' things"
 
2012-09-25 03:11:35 PM
This is a problem when you are driving some of these Rural "farmer" roads that are nothing more then a 10 foot wide path of asphalt that was placed in the 60s and gets you from one farm field to the other... then somehow they turn into county roads and to get from one Hodink town to another you have to basically ride these roller coasters through the driftless areas in wisconsin

If it isn't the Farmers and their tractors, it is amish buggies, or Deer

Welcome to wisconsin!
 
2012-09-25 03:12:54 PM

WTFDYW: Alphakronik: Seeing as when I lived in Wisconsin the school bus driver would have the kids get out and push when the bus got stuck in snow, this coming up now doesn't surprise me in the least.

Ugh :(
One of our bulk truck drivers also farms. He lives on a county road with a small hill near one of his fields. Two years ago he was heading to that field with the corn head on and a 19 year old kid topped that knoll at a high rate of speed. You can guess the rest if you know what corn heads look like.


Yeah I do and I can imagine the rest. Around here with bean and corn headers they get loaded on trailers if it's a long trip between fields. If they are moving between fields close together they leave the headers on. I'm in Alabama so I know equipment here is no way as big as used in other parts of the country. When I was a kid and we farmed I don't think our old IH had over a 14ft? header, but now farmers here are running stuff much bigger than when I was a kid.. Even the cotton pickers look like 6 to 8 row. We've had several wrecks with farm equipment also and it seems like it's always someone who isn't familiar with rural life being so close and sometimes crossing into city limits that's involved. Huntsville isn't a huge city and metro makes it around 300.000 I think, but there are farmers big enough that they travel through the city to get to other fields they have. City has rules on what streets 18 wheelers can use because they are narrow. No rules on what streets you can bring your 4 wheel drive JD or Case tractor or combine down. And I wouldn't have it any other way. I kind of get tickled at the impatience and rage it produces.

/I say 14? because its been 30 yrs ago and I just can't remember. I know it handled 4 rows.
 
2012-09-25 03:18:50 PM

Dunkirk: When I took driver's ed (25 years or so ago), the Indiana manual said that if you were doing 10 miles or more UNDER the speed limit, and you had 5 or more cars piled up behind you, you were REQUIRED to pull over and let them pass. If it's still a law, I really wish it would be enforced.


In many cases it would be hard to tell just how many cars were behind you.

iheartscotch: Um; you'd be insane to allow passing in a no-passing zone. There's usually a good reason that that particular stretch of road is a no passing zone.

Such as, going up a steep hill; you have no idea what's on the other side. Passing on a bridge is a good way to kill someone. So is passing on a sharp curve. I realize you don't want to get stuck behind a combine; but it's one of the dangers of driving.


The thing is the no passing zones are based on vehicles going a bit below the speed limit, not on farm equipment poking along. There are many situations where it would be safe to pass farm equipment but not a more typical car.
 
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