Increased traffic means close calls for East End farmers

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As traffic to East End farms and pumpkin patches increases, so do the close calls experienced by farmers driving tractors on main roads. 

Farmers tell News 12 Long Island that they are often illegally passed by cars, which is creating a dangerous situation. 

East End residents say it's primarily out-of-towners who are responsible for road rage incidents while stuck behind a tractor doing 20 or 25 mph. 

Southold Town Police Chief Martin Flatley says it is ironic that people will travel for hours to get to the East End to visit the farmland but become frustrated at the farmers who create the fall atmosphere. 

Farmers say they usually need to travel about a mile before they turn off the road. They are asking drivers to be patient. Some say they would like to see more signage concerning illegal passing.

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