Funeral processions deserve some respect please

This is from the Pennsylvania lawbooks…

§ 3107.  Drivers in funeral processions.

(a)  General rule.–The driver of a vehicle which is being

driven in a funeral procession may:

(1)  Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of this

part.

(2)  Proceed past a red signal indication or stop sign if

the lead vehicle in the procession started through the

intersection while the signal indicator was green or, in the

case of a stop sign, the lead vehicle first came to a

complete stop before proceeding through the intersection.

(b)  Visual signals required.–The privileges granted by this

section shall apply only if each vehicle in the funeral

procession displays lighted head lamps and emergency flashers

and bears a flag or other insignia designating it as part of a

funeral procession.

(c)  Right-of-way to emergency vehicles.–This section does

not relieve the driver of a vehicle which is being driven in a

funeral procession from yielding the right-of-way to an

emergency vehicle making use of audible and visual signals, nor

from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all

persons.

(Aug. 5, 1991, P.L.238, No.26, eff. imd.; June 26, 2001,

P.L.734, No.75, eff. 60 days)

 

2001 Amendment.  Act 75 amended subsec. (c).

1991 Amendment.  Act 26 added section 3107.

 

I had the unfortunate and sad occasion to attend a funeral this week. A nice young man not even 40 – a member of my extended family – passed away from cancer. It was indeed a sad day for everyone, especially his parents.

 

There were tons of people in attendance of the viewings and the funeral service as well as the Mass. Tears flowed, there were plenty of hugs.

 

Then we began to arduous task of driving from the church to the cemetery, about a normal 15-20 minute drive.

 

That’s when it all started.

 

Is it just me or do people totally ignore the rules of the road when it comes to funeral processions? Are people in that much of a hurry that they would cut into, cut ahead of, jump into or cut off a funeral process? Apparently so.

 

The culprits were of all sorts of ages, men and women, big cars and little and trucks. The last straw was at the entrance to the cemetery when some maniac in a silver mini-van tore past all of us nearly clipping off my side mirror. Unbelievable.

It’s hard to imagine people can be so insensitive or clueless or both when they see the funeral procession. I guess they can’t see the giant orange flags with the word, “FUNERAL” on them or the flashers going on and off, the headlights on in the middle of a sunny day. You get the idea.

 

I guess these are the same people who don’t get out of the way for a cop car, fire engine or other emergency vehicle. They must think that the rules of the road just don’t apply to them.

 

The one guy in his beat-up Honda thought he was cutting in but I didn’t give him an opportunity, despite my wife’s words of caution. When he made a face I simply pointed to the flag on the roof of my car. Talk about a “duh” moment for that dude.

 

Anyway, the next time you’re on the road and you see a funeral procession, stay of the way, steer clear, whatever. Remember that the people in it are already not having a good day. And yes, the emergency vehicles too.

 

Rules of the road. Rules of the road…

 

— Andy Hachadorian

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One Response to Funeral processions deserve some respect please

  1. Courtney says:

    It annoys me to no end. What if the people in the procession aren’t from the area and are counting in the procession to direct them to the cemetery? I too was cut off at the last funeral I went to.

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