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Registered: 10-10-2003
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Tue, 01-08-2013 - 2:27am

When a funeral procession goes by in your area  

do you pull your car to the side of the road

and wait for it to pass ?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-10-2003
Thu, 01-10-2013 - 3:45am

Around here pretty much everyone pulls over. I was behind a school bus a few weeks back and it stopped.

Its not a law.

I went to a funeral last year and the person was cremated but they still had a graveside service.  A guy on a motorcycle sat in an intersection to stop traffic.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-10-2003
Thu, 01-10-2013 - 3:45am

Around here pretty much everyone pulls over. I was behind a school bus a few weeks back and it stopped.

Its not a law.

I went to a funeral last year and the person was cremated but they still had a graveside service.  A guy on a motorcycle sat in an intersection to stop traffic.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-31-1999
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 3:11pm

We don't necessarily have police escorts (unless it is for something special or someone special) but funeral homes do have police-like flasher lights on the lead funeral SUV/car/limo and the hearse itself.  We also have the funeral workers outside holding up traffic so the procession can get out of the parking lot all together. 

Our funeral homes do the flags too... and they also ask us to run the lights.  Our flags are like the orange ones pictured here...  

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 9:54am

Also- no charge on the police escort.   It's just a community service.   When I did street partrol the funeral homes called in every morning to tell us what time the services were that day, where they were heading, and the route.   That was always a terrible assingment to draw.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-1998
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 9:54am

Around here everyone pulls over...almost to the extreme.  It must be the bible belt I live in. I believe in respecting the deceased but I don't want to be the next one in line.  People will stop right in the middle of the road if they see one coming. We have a church on every corner.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-01-2002
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 9:51am

The line does have the right-of-way here and it's illegal to cut the line off or merge into it if not a part of it.   They run red lights, bust through stop signs, etc.  The line doesn't stop for anythng.  But for example if the line is going southbound on a street, the northbound lane doesn't do anything to impend traffic.   You just keep driving.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 9:13am

I don't know anyone that has ever been creamated.  All funerals I have been to, the deceased is buried at a grave site service.  All processions around here are police escorted.  Everyone in the procession has a flag with a magnet on it that is placed on the top of the car, so you know where it starts and stops.  There usually isn't a cop at the end of the procession.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-06-1997
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 8:51am

I can't even remember the last time I saw a funeral procession - it is not that common around here! Of course, none of the funerals I have attended have actually been funerals but memorial services with the deceased not present (cremation). So I have never been to a graveside service, either.

I remember seeing them as a kid, and we would always wait for them to pass before turning onto that street (even if it was multi-lane), but I don't know that I have ever actually been the one driving when one went by!  We had a cemetary less than a mile from our house, so we would see them once in awhile, but most of the church traffic would have been coming from a different direction, so not as often as one would have expected. I think that people accidently joining the procession would happen a lot around here- it just isn't something you expect anymore, and most cars have running lights on all the time now, so that is not even a clue. I don't even know how you would go about arranging for the police escort... does that cost the families money?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-06-2004
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 8:49am

Yes.  I don't know if its a law or not, but to me its more of a respect thing.  You see most people pull over here. 

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-31-1999
Tue, 01-08-2013 - 7:16am

It depends on where I am in the traffic... if I can, I do try to honor the deceased person somehow... but most the time I cannot pull over on a road. 

It would be nice if everyone did though, I think that they SHOULD make it a law!  I hate when I see people cutting off cars in the middle of a procession... no respect at all. 

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