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Old 11-21-2007, 07:37 PM   #1
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Just wondering if this is the law elsewhere or just here.
Arkansas state law requires all civilian traffic to yield to the entire funeral procession. A funeral procession is defined as the police escort, hearse, limos for the family, and all cars behind the hearse that are burning their high beams. Opposing traffic is supposed to stop forward progress until the last car in the procession is past. This plan is designed to get the funeral procession to the graveside service as a group to attend the graveside memorial.
I am wondering if there are different laws elsewhere, because the last three funerals I have attended, as the funeral procession passes through an intersection with a traffic light and the light turns red, Somebody in the procession stops!
Red light or not, the funeral procession has the right of way. I really thought everybody knew this. Maybe there should be a flier included with the memorial handout that outlines local traffic laws so people aren't surprised when they receive a severe honking.
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I know it used to be a law around here, even if only because ANY form of Police Escort always has the right-of-way. At the very least, when a funeral is driving through around here, most people, strangers or not, usually pull over to the side of the road and step out of their cars to bow their head (and take off their hats if applicable)
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thats the way it is here to but someone always stops to its like they are afraid to go threw the light.
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MA law is the same.

Police Escorts have right of way.
Without police escort, the procession has the right of way until the last car drives through.

Usually just the low beam head lights and magnetic flags that say "Funeral" are used.
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On the subkect of intersections and funerals..

The local police will sit the light and allow the procession to pass before returning traffic to it'* normal insanity
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Here the funeral procession has the right of way, including through red lights (as long as it isn't interrupted). No police escort is required. Many people attending either don't know this or members of the public don't realize they must yield. This tends to screw things up a little.
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Not only LAW but a respect thing.... I always (When Safe) pull over and allow them to pass.
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In Ohio (atleast around Akron / Cleveland) typically the officer will stop at any intersection with his lights on and control traffic there, and then zoom back up (on the opposite side of the road) to the front of the procession.

There is no high beam involvement, it'* little purple magnetic "FUNERAL" flags.
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What RJGill said, and I can't count the number of times I've seen people try to latch onto the end of the procession to try and get an "advantage" by getting through a light.
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With all of the red light cameras nowadays, I'd be more than concerned to drive through a red light. Especially with the prevalence of DRLs nowadays...
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