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Watch for SMV signs on roads this Fall

09/05/2023 @ 11:15 am

The Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) sign is a reflective orange triangle bordered with red that warns other road users that the vehicle displaying the sign is traveling slower than the normal speed of traffic.


The fall season is a busy time of the year in which farmers share roadways with other motorist as they travel from field to field harvesting crops, transporting commodities and equipment, and preparing ground for the winter or next planting season. The Cook County Farm Bureau urges Cook County area motorists to be on the lookout for the SMV emblems and to practice “safe driving” to protect yourself, loved ones, and the loved ones of others.


Cook County Farm Bureau does have a small supply of SMV replacement decals remaining, purchased in part through a farm safety grant provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial. These replacement emblem decals are available first come, first served for members interested. Contact the Cook County Farm Bureau at 708-354-3276.


The Cook County Farm Bureau reminds homeowners and businesses that the sign should not be used to mark mailboxes and driveways. Improper and illegal use of the SMV can cause confusion to motorists and create a dangerous situation.


Gerry Kopping, Cook County Farm Bureau Vice President, snapped a photo through the window of his truck of a newly replaced Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV) emblem display properly on the back of his tractor.

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