Nebraska’s corn crop is growing ever taller as we move further into summer and the thick leafy stalks are making driving hazardous in some rural areas.
Traffic safety engineer Jeremey Vortherms is reminding motorists to approach those country intersections with extreme caution.
“As the corn comes up in height, it cuts off some of the sight triangles at the intersections, making it hard to see oncoming traffic from other approaches,” Vortherms said.
There are dozens of crashes statewide every year due to sight obstructions on rural gravel intersections and driveways.
Most rural intersections are not marked with stop or yield signs and some motorists will speed through if they don’t see dust from an approaching vehicle. That’s a bad idea, according to Vortherms.
“We try to encourage people not to just rely on the dust trail at this time of year. When we get rain, that dust trail…it just doesn’t exist,” Vortherms said.
He adds “defensive driving at slower speeds” on rural roads is critical at this time of year.