The funeral procession is one of the last respected traditions in our culture. Most motorists give these processions a great deal of respect simply because that’s how they were raised. But some motorists are unaware of the actual traffic rules and societal regulations when they see this line of mourners. Whether you’re involved in a funeral procession or simply witnessing one, here are some important things to remember.
Stopping at Intersections
The lead funeral car must stop at stop signs and red lights. But once the lead car proceeds through, all other cars involved with the funeral may follow regardless of the traffic light’s color.
Every car involved with a funeral procession must follow at a close yet safe distance from the car in front.
Funeral cars must be appropriately marked and other cars involved in the procession must also have a marking that clearly indicates that they are in the procession. This can include a window marker, a flag or any other noticeable object. Drivers must also keep their headlights on and, in some states, their hazard lights as well.
The lead car in a funeral procession is required to have a purple flashing light on top of the car. This alerts other motorists so they can take extra precautions when driving nearby.
Of course, these laws could change from state to state. But they are common enough that you should be just fine when driving in or encountering a funeral procession. The main thing is to pay attention to the road around you and have respect for the people in mourning.
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