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Old 01-30-08, 02:50 PM
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Do you stop for funeral processions?

When meeting an oncoming funeral procession, do you pull over until it passes? I was taught to always do this, but have never known if it was a law or just etiquette. Is this practiced nationwide or just here in the South?
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I honk at horse and carriages and tailgate fire engines.
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I always do it but quite often I'll have plenty of impatient people behind me honking their horns or passing me. I remember how much it meant to me to see people pull over during my grandfather's procession so I figure a couple minutes out of my day isn't going to hurt anything, it's the least that you can do for people that are grieving. I think this is much more prevalent in small southern towns though, as it's a lot more likely that everyone is going to know who it was that passed on and have a more personal connection with that person.
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I turn on my lights and follow them. Sometimes there is food after the funeral. Works out well.
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Most processions I see these days have police escorts on motorcycles. This allows the procession to move through traffic lights and other areas as one group.
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Not sure why you would stop for an oncoming funeral unless they were making a left turn in front of you.

If they are going south and I am going north, there's no reason to stop. They're not emergency vehicles.
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Out of respect maybe?
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Originally Posted by John Galt
Out of respect maybe?
Are you kidding?

Maybe if I was in a town of 400 where everyone knew everyone else. I could only imagine the traffic chaos if we did that around here.

I'm not saying one should obstruct their path. But if they are headed the opposite direction, unless they have plans to drive down the wrong side of the street, there's no reason to pull over.

Now, if I was jamming my Slayer CD at full volume, I would turn it off while I passed them.
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Originally Posted by MBoyd
I turn on my lights and follow them. Sometimes there is food after the funeral. Works out well.
Funeral crasher? Maybe there are some hot chicks, just work it like Will Ferrell.
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It depends.
Old 01-30-08, 03:38 PM
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No way! Some old geezer bites it and that means I'M supposed to be delayed getting where I'm going?























Yes, I do. Always.
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Nope. Then again, I don't drive very often since I don't have a car so I'd have to stop walking which would just be silly.
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Some idiot almost smashed into the back of my car recently while I was pulled over for an oncoming ambulance, so NO, I'm not going to stop for a funeral parade (unless I can't avoid it).
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That's just silly. We allow funeral processions to proceed through red lights here until the entire procession is through, but pulling over for one coming in the opposite direction doesn't make a lick of sense.
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I'm guessing this is some kind of regional, geographic or age thing, because I've never heard of this custom in my life.
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Absolutely. I very, very rarely see someone who doesn't do this.
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Yes, I've always stopped for funerals.....
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no, not when it's traveling the opposite way...
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We never do this in my neck of the woods.
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Originally Posted by dadaluholla
Some idiot almost smashed into the back of my car recently while I was pulled over for an oncoming ambulance, so NO, I'm not going to stop for a funeral parade (unless I can't avoid it).
At least in Illinois, there is no law requiring you to stop completely unless it is necessary to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. I never stop for emergency vehicles - I just pull over slightly and reduce my speed. That might have been you in front of me!

Sec. 11‑907. Operation of vehicles and streetcars on approach of authorized emergency vehicles.
(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible and visual signals meeting the requirements of this Code or a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible or visual signal,
(1) the driver of every other vehicle shall yield
the right‑of‑way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right‑hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection and shall, if necessary to permit the safe passage of the emergency vehicle, stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, unless otherwise directed by a police officer...
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Originally Posted by Robertwoj
At least in Illinois, there is no law requiring you to stop completely unless it is necessary to allow the emergency vehicle to pass. I never stop for emergency vehicles - I just pull over slightly and reduce my speed. That might have been you in front of me!
This is pretty much what I do as well.

And don't get me started on how and when you should stop for school buses. I've been on a two-lane each way road with a divider, and seen people hit the brakes like their life depended on it if they see a school bus stopped on the other side of the divided highway.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
That's just silly. We allow funeral processions to proceed through red lights here until the entire procession is through, but pulling over for one coming in the opposite direction doesn't make a lick of sense.
The way I see it, it makes a full three licks of sense.
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So... is this another thread based on the dating etiquette post??

I have not seen a funeral procession in ages. If I was trying to turn and there was one going on the street I want to turn on I would probably wait, but do I stop for them? Not really, they usually don't go fast enough to pass me :P
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Originally Posted by kvrdave
The way I see it, it makes a full three licks of sense.
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Exactly.

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