Farm irrigation systems spark call for controls

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A southern Indiana man wants local officials to place controls on farmers' irrigation systems so passing motorists aren't at risk if a sudden blast of water crosses the road.

The Tribune reports Tom Hoene of Seymour has asked Jackson County commissioners to craft an ordinance that would regulate the systems.

Hoene says the problem is bad at night when motorists can't see water being shot out of the system. He says farmers could lose all they've worked for if someone hurt in a wreck caused by a sprinkler sues.

Jackson County Commissioner Matt Reedy has asked county attorney Susan Bevers to research the issue.

Sheriff Michael Carothers says he hasn't received complaints but acknowledges having a car hit by water unexpectedly "can be a shock."

Information from: The (Seymour) Tribune 

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