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Old 05-09-2010, 06:25 AM
 
Location: Seymour TN
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I have no idea what the law is in any state, regarding this. I know the vehicles can't be separated in any way. But are you allowed to pass all of them (slowly of course)? What is the law regarding these vehicles? Thank you.

 
Old 05-09-2010, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Here is the only thing I could find in the Tennessee Code Annotated:

Tennessee. The law gives the procession the right-of-way if the lead vehicle has a flashing amber light or is led by a “properly identified” escort. As with the other laws, the lead vehicle must comply with traffic lights and signs, and the other vehicles may follow without stopping if their headlights are on. Also, the procession must yield to emergency vehicles or when directed by a police officer. The procession must drive on the right side of the roadway and be as closely spaced as safely possible. It must proceed at no less than 45 miles per hour on a limited access highway and no less than five miles per hour below the posted limit on other roads. Vehicles following the procession on a two-lane road are prohibited from attempting to pass it. Other drivers are prohibited from driving between vehicles in the procession, unless directed by a police officer (Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-8-183).

I don't think there's a LAW that you can't pass. Most people here hold to longstanding traditions re: funeral processions, so they will pull over, even if it goes by on the opposite side of the road. In some small towns, people will get out and take their hats off. They will think you're a jerk if you blow past one.
If you're on an interstate, though, you can pass. You just can't get in between the cars in the procession.
 
Old 05-09-2010, 08:36 AM
 
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I find this to be one of the most annoying things living in Crossville. I'm sure I'm going to offend someone, but oh well. EVERYONE stops for a funeral procession here. Even on the 4 way. They can't stop for emergency vehicle when they are trying to save a life, but they stop for dead people.
I have been passed while pulling over for an emergency vehicle and God forbid you should try to get back on the road after the emergency vehicle passes you.
I think it is proper to give the right away, but that is all.
I have gotten used to it..like they say "when in Rome"
 
Old 05-09-2010, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Boston
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I don't know about a law but you will definitely offend someone if you pass the procession, even slowly.

Regardless of the side of the street you are on, you should pull over to pay respect.
 
Old 05-09-2010, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Niota, TN
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I believe that it's called showing some respect for the family and their loss. And it's not like the procession is that long. (usually anyway)
Someday it may be you and your family, and hopefully the people of Tennessee will still have manners and show some respect.

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Old 05-09-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Who knows? Just pull over.
 
Old 05-10-2010, 06:15 AM
 
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I believe that it's called showing some respect for the family and their loss. And it's not like the procession is that long. (usually anyway)
Someday it may be you and your family, and hopefully the people of Tennessee will still have manners and show some respect.

We are going off topic but I prefer someone pull over for me while I'm (or someone I love) in the ambulance rather than in a hearse. Wmsn4life quoted the laws and I think they are adequate.
 
Old 05-10-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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I'd prefer people giving way to ambulances more, too. It is the custom here (not the law) for everyone to slow and stop for a funeral procession. It may not be what you are used to from other parts of the country. It took some getting used to for me since where I came from the only "rule" was not to break into the line of the procession. As the saying goes; "When in Rome...."
 
Old 05-10-2010, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Niota, TN
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I have no idea what the law is in any state, regarding this. I know the vehicles can't be separated in any way. But are you allowed to pass all of them (slowly of course)? What is the law regarding these vehicles? Thank you.
If you pull over and wait for them to pass, you can't go wrong. And the family will appreciate your respect and consideration. Usually only takes a few minutes out of your travel time.
 
Old 05-10-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I think the OP was more interested in what can be done if you're on the interstate and come up behind a funeral procession doing the minimum allowed speed of 45mph. You're in a hurry (late to a meeting, or to a kid's t-ball game, or to church). For all you know the procession will be on the interstate for the next 40 miles. Maybe you come up behind the procession in Athens, and it's headed to the Federal Cemetery in Chattanooga. Can you pass?

The answer is "yes", assuming you don't interfere with the procession, don't get between cars, etc.

Personally, I don't think funeral processions should ever get on limited-access highways unless there is no other option. If I'm met by a funeral procession, I will pull over out of respect, even on a four-lane road. I would never pass one on a two-lane road. It's how I was raised. But the person making the decisions as to the procession route should also show some respect to the living, and avoid overly impacting people who have to go on living. And these decisions should be made by someone like the pastor or funeral home director, not by grieving relatives. Most interstates in TN have parallel surface roads.
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