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Forum editorial: Be especially careful during the beet harvest

The sugar beet harvest, delayed by unseasonably warm weather, resumed this week as temperatures dropped. That's the good news. But resumption of the harvest in the Red River Valley means motorists must take special precautions. Beet trucks will b...

The sugar beet harvest, delayed by unseasonably warm weather, resumed this week as temperatures dropped. That's the good news.

But resumption of the harvest in the Red River Valley means motorists must take special precautions. Beet trucks will be moving on main highways and country roads 24 hours a day for the next few weeks. The trucks are loaded and often drop beets onto roadways. Moreover, drivers work long hours, often at night, and are in a hurry to get their loads to beet dumps or processing plants.

For the most part, truck drivers are well-trained and cautious. But increased truck traffic in the country and through and around cities and towns requires all motorists to be more aware that the potential for accidents is greater this time of year.

Be careful. Be aware. Be safe.

Forum editorials represent the opinion of Forum management and the newspaper's Editorial Board

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