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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The recent rain has created a bit of a backlog in the mowing operations in Wicomico County.  That means the mowers will be out in full force and public works is asking drivers to be extra careful to keep the crews safe.

Mark Bratten has been on the job in Wicomico County for 11 years.  His duty on Tuesday took him to Porter Mill Road in Hebron.  It is a demanding job that Bratten has that keeps him on his toes.

"All the time.  I mean, it is busy busy busy.  Of course you've got traffic to deal with, you've got trash along the road that you don't see in there.  You've got pedestals you don't see sometimes," said Bratten.

Bratten said the biggest danger to him and the others who do the mowing operations is traffic and the cars that are driving by.  Being that close to the road can be dangerous no matter how careful you try and be.

"The big thing is the speed these drivers may be doing in proximity to our mowing operations.  If you could be mindful of the speed limits that are posted and then even reduce that speed, probably by around 10 miles per hour if possible, when you are maneuvering around the mowing operation," said Lee Beauchamp, director of public works for Wicomico County.

The director said he does not know of any type of move over laws that drivers must follow like there are for emergency vehicles.  So it really all comes down to the drivers being courteous towards the men and women doing their job.    

"Whenever you see a vehicle with a flashing light on it, a tractor cutting grass on the side of the road, just be cautious around it because things do fly out of the deck and take your time going around us because you may not see the car that is coming at you," Bratten said.

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