Efforts to Improve Slow Moving Vehicle Safety

Crash Reduction, Education, and Data Gathering Efforts

  • Change to NYS Crash Report – There is a committee of highway safety professionals that implements changes to the NYS crash report.  One proposed change under consideration is adding “SMV” as an identifier to more accurately gather data on slow moving vehicle crashes.
  • “Sharing the Road with Slow-Moving Vehicles” collateral – distributing educational materials through multiple channels statewide to increase awareness regarding the presence of SMVs on the roads.
  • Chapter 11 of the Driver Manual (MV-21, 6/15) – Titled “Sharing the Road” and includes a paragraph on SMVs
    • Chapter 11 – Share the Road:  As a driver, you must learn to safely share the road with a variety of other users. These include, but are not limited to: large vehicles, motorcycles, mopeds, pedestrians, bicyclists, in-line skaters, roller skaters, skateboarders, slow moving vehicles, non-motorized scooters and horseback riders. You should know how to safely manage the problems they can present and understand the special rules they must obey
    • Slow-Moving Vehicles: The “slow-moving vehicle” symbol, a reflective orange triangle, must be displayed on the back of vehicles drawn by animals, most farm vehicles, and construction equipment. The United States Postal Service also requires these orange safety-triangles to be displayed on all rural mail delivery vehicles. Use caution when you approach a slow-moving vehicle and make sure it is safe before you pass.
  • NYS Slow Moving Vehicle Symposium – Held every 2 years to discuss SMV highway safety issues; attended by highway safety professionals, farmers, Amish/Mennonite, law enforcement, construction.
  • GTSC supports the efforts of individuals and groups that promote SMV highway safety such as county Traffic Safety Boards and law enforcement.
  • GTSC releases “Share the Road” announcements on its social media platforms in Spring to coincide with the start of farming activities.