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Old 02-08-2017, 08:42 AM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Apologies if this has been addressed. I didn't see it in the first few pages, and I can't search the forum on the phone.

Has respect for the funeral proccession to the cemetery gone out the window? I attended a funeral yesterday, and we got cut off several times by cars who inserted themselves into the procession, after which we were held up at traffic lights and lost our place with the front of the procession. Fortunately, I knew the way to the cemetery, but the people behind me didn't. If they weren't behind me, they would have been lost.

Then when we got to the cemetery, the deceased's niece, who was in the last car, said "Now I've seen everything." As she went through a yellow traffic light, the car behind her threw on its hazards and high beams to make it appear as if they were part of the procession, and ran the red light.

But as to the people cutting off the procession--they can't wait a few seconds to let the procession pass whole? There were only about a dozen cars.
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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I am afraid good old fashioned courtesy has gone it's way. AT this point in time I would be afraid to follow a funeral procession through a red light.
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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Has respect for the funeral proccession to the cemetery gone out the window?
In some places, yes. In other places, new drivers aren't taught to respect the processon and may not know what is expected of them.

I was in my 30s before I encountered a funeral procession. Most of the time I drove on the freeway!
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Old 02-08-2017, 09:31 AM
 
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Funeral procession courtesy was observed in rural Minnesota and also here now in Arkansas.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:40 AM
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Funeral procession courtesy was observed in rural Minnesota and also here now in Arkansas.
Good to hear.
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Old 02-14-2017, 06:19 PM
 
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Unless the law has changed (in Michigan) a funeral procession doesn't have to stop for red lights. The entire procession is allowed to go through, and everyone else is to stop.
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Old 02-14-2017, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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In some places, yes. In other places, new drivers aren't taught to respect the processon and may not know what is expected of them.

I was in my 30s before I encountered a funeral procession. Most of the time I drove on the freeway!
It wasn't on my list, but when I was teaching my son to drive, we encountered a funeral procession. It was really, really long. Since they were driving slowly, we sat threw 2 greens. We discussed it while waiting. Those people from out of town don't know where they're going. Some of my relatives are buried in the "get the wrong directions from the GPS" cemetery. Yes, we know why you were late.

Some people have, or seem to have, common sense. Someone taught them that common sense.
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Old 02-15-2017, 12:51 AM
 
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I have not seen a funeral procession for years - at least 15, maybe more. I have actually been in two, but they were maybe 25-30 years ago. I think that they are so rarely seen, many people have no experience with them and don't know what its all about, let alone how to act. I think they should be respected, but if they become so rare that no one is educated about them, I think you can expect problems. Maybe its different in different parts of the country, and in some areas they are more common.
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Old 02-16-2017, 09:58 AM
 
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I drive by a National Cemetery several times a year. People not only stop for the procession, many get out of their cars and stand silently to pay their respects.
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Old 02-16-2017, 11:27 AM
 
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Several months ago while driving to the local grocery store, I and other drivers were stopped by police officers on motorcycles to allow those in the funeral procession to stay in line. The officers were also in the intersection to ensure that cross traffic waited as well.

I haven't ever seen people cutting in line and being disrespectful to a funeral procession; and hope I never do.
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