Rural Roads Safety Program

Pennsylvania has more rural roads than any other state in the country. Especially during springtime, more farmers are driving large equipment on rural roads which, in turn, increases farm machinery accidents. The Rural Roads Safety program was created in 2000 by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Rural Roads Safety Week, a joint campaign between the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, State Police and the state departments of Agriculture and Transportation, is designed to educate the general public and farmers about safety concerns on rural roads, particularly in relation to slow moving vehicles. Additionally, it alerts motorists across Pennsylvania to drive cautiously on rural roads and to slow down when approaching large farm equipment on back roads. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of accidents on rural roads and to save lives.

Hosting a County Farm Bureau Rural Roads Safety Event

County Farm Bureaus typically hold local events of interest and invite the news media to cover these events. 

Here are a few ideas for how your county can support this grassroots program and foster safety on local rural roadways:

  • Send a letter to the editor of your local paper explaining why motorists should exercise caution on rural roads.
  • Host a new conference or similar event in your county highlighting rural roads safety.
  • Share this website and our other Rural Roads Safety Week materials with local news organizations and offer to speak with a reporter about why Rural Roads Safety is important to you and your farm.
  • Share Rural Roads Safety Week tips (or a link to this website) on social media.
  • Record public service announcements for local radio stations.
  • Sponsor a county Rural Roads Safety Week poster or essay contest.