Check out this near-fatal crash caused by a funeral procession.
The funeral procession was for a young man killed in a car accident.
Last year, a friend was coming out of a drive-way into traffic… it happened to be a funeral procession for a slain officer. He was completely unaware his vehicle was cutting into a funeral procession. One of the officers got out his unmarked vehicle, took his firearm out the holster and begin yelling… The situation could’ve got out of hand quickly over a misunderstanding.
Should oncoming traffic stop for a funeral procession? Check out the near-fatal crash caused by a funeral procession after the jump!
Tips: How should you drive near a funeral procession?
1. Laws vary by state, but states grant funeral processions the right of way in most traffic situations. They are either explicitly or implicitly allowed to go through red lights and ignore other traffic signals. Some states require vehicles to have some sort of indicator on vehicles involved in the funeral procession, but sometimes they just require it of the lead car. Be aware if you see a line of vehicles ignoring traffic signals, they may be part of a funeral procession.
2. If you come across a funeral procession, be aware that you will have to yield for their procession.
3. Oncoming traffic is not required by law to yield. While the law says that when meeting a funeral procession oncoming traffic should continue as normal, the south has it’s own unwritten rules of acceptable behavior and civility.
4. Once the procession has passed, traffic should resume as normal.