Rockingham Co. Fire Dept. Aims to Keep You Safe on the Road

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va (WHSV)-- Police say drivers of cars and tractors alike, have to share the road. Whether it's a tractor, or a different kind of horse power, a lot of what you'll see on roads aren't going nearly as fast as the cars.

"I've seen some accidents, I've nearly been in one or two myself," said Bruce Hollingshead.

Hollingshead has lived in the Valley for years, and says he knows to look out for the orange triangle of slow-moving vehicles in agricultural areas.

"It just calls for people to be alert, and just to understand that there's this vast difference of speed," said Hollingshead.

"Adjust your speed accordingly to be able to avoid striking that vehicle, or to safely travel around that vehicle," said Frank Pyanoe.

First Sergeant Frank Pyanoe says the biggest thing all drivers or riders can do is be aware of your surroundings.

"Lesson we can learn here is we all have to share the road. All of us. Motorists, cyclists, farmers, what have you. We all have to share the road," said Pyanoe, of the Virginia State Police.

When it comes to sharing the road, Hollingshead says drivers can bear to be a little more patient with the tractors and buggies, and resist the urge to pass them if it could be dangerous.

"The truth of the matter is, wherever you're going, it'll take you a minute longer to get there. It's not that big a deal," said Hollingshead.

For those behind the wheel of tractors, or holding the reins on a buggy, 1st Sergeant Pyanoe says it's crucial to account for the difference in speed, and make sure you have enough time to pull out at intersections. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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