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Old 04-25-2013, 09:50 AM   #31
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Why do people stop for those things when they are on the other side of the road?
You are in NC, it is pretty common place down here, it is a sign of respect. Not saying I agree with it, but I did actually appreciate it when I had to bury my parents when I was 18.

I have only done it a handful of times though, as I usually only see it happen with large processions. I have passed smaller ones without realizing it was an actual procession until I got to the hearse. Most of the larger funeral processions have police escort anyway, so that tends to get people to pay attention. That and people pull over to the far right lane or the shoulder and not sit in the middle of the freaking road like in the video.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:32 AM   #32
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2.) can't figure out why they stopped either....especially the blue car right in the middle of the traveled lane??!!! If they wanna 'show respect', then fine...pull over, but don't stop in the frikken road!!!! (I kinda think they deserve part of the blame for this!)
I believe the car stopped so as not to be an ass and fly by the two motorcyclists who were right on the line.

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You are in NC, it is pretty common place down here, it is a sign of respect.
I've lived in the country all my life and I've never heard of stopping for a funeral procession coming the other way. I do know you shouldn't try and pass or get in the procession.
Hell, most folks I've seen lately won't even pull over for an ambulance or a police car coming from either direction, all with lights and sirens blaring.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #33
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Few things I noticed...


1) The truck halfway over into the oncoming lane at 0.22 seconds. WTF? Was he trying to slow the oncoming traffic down by running them off the road?.
I don't think thats what he was doing. I see more and more retards swing wide to turn right these days. It's like they feel the need to mimic 18 wheelers or something. I even see morons in tiny little "SUVs" do that crap. Like I said before, more and more people just drive for shit.
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Old 04-25-2013, 12:24 PM   #34
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I don't think thats what he was doing. I see more and more retards swing wide to turn right these days. It's like they feel the need to mimic 18 wheelers or something. I even see morons in tiny little "SUVs" do that crap. Like I said before, more and more people just drive for shit.

I think that's exactly what the asshat was doing....look how far he comes over truck is almost entirely in the oncoming lane trying to stop the car.
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:44 PM   #35
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Looks like the guy in the black pickup was a Las Vegas cop.
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Old 04-25-2013, 05:00 PM   #36
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The only laws I know of are that funeral processions have the right of way, so they can run red lights etc. so as not to get split up. That's it. Don't have to stop for them, and you can pass them so long as you're doing it in a legal manner.
Actually that is not true. Funeral processions are required to obey all traffic laws, just the same as everyone else. If some get caught by a red light or stop sign, we normally slow down a bit (normally people let them through but if an accident happens, it is the guy running the light's fault).

As for the pulling over, over 90% of the funerals I do (and this year it has been a lot), people pull over for us. Both sides of the road. Many times the family comments either to me or the funeral director how nice it was that others pulled over for them. A simple sign of respect that takes all of 2 minutes.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:15 PM   #37
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I think I've seen one funeral procession in the last 8 or 10 years, and that was guided by a cop. They are rare on the West Coast.

Was the fool in the GMC pickup that straddled the yellow lines, the second after the black SUV that turned off, trying to slow down traffic? Stupid move. I didn't even see a hearse, but maybe mind readers know the black SUV was the hearse.

Stopping along the road is OK if you want. Stopping in the lane is idiotic. Yelling at someone for failing to stop, "it's a funeral procession" is imbecilic. You go your way and I'll go mine. I'm not showing disrespect---you do what you want, and I'm OK with that as long as you don't endanger me.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:39 AM   #38
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Police rarely lead a funeral procession anymore for liability reasons. If something happens when the police lead then liability shifts to them should anything happen. Also it is not cheap for a police escort. A minimum of 3 vehicles are needed (bike or car), and that usually means a bill of ~$900 as a typical minimum charge is $300 per bike or car.

I have never presided at a funeral with a police escort and I have celebrated some large funerals.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:01 AM   #39
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http://www.hubbellfuneralhome.com/bl...al-processions

I never bothered to look before, but it is the law in Florida that you yield. I have never seen a funeral procession with amber or purple lights in 36 years living in Florida, but they generally have the Sheriff's department escorting.

Like a previous poster said, it's respect for the dead and their loved ones. Not enough things still left like that in today's society. You only lose a couple minutes.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:43 AM   #40
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http://www.hubbellfuneralhome.com/bl...al-processions

I never bothered to look before, but it is the law in Florida that you yield. I have never seen a funeral procession with amber or purple lights in 36 years living in Florida, but they generally have the Sheriff's department escorting.

Like a previous poster said, it's respect for the dead and their loved ones. Not enough things still left like that in today's society. You only lose a couple minutes.
But that's not what happened here. People in the oncoming lane stopped. That's not yielding right of way, that's freakin nuts! It's also not yielding the right of way if you are on a 4 lane highway and you pass the procession.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:35 AM   #41
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The motorcyclists got clear to the right shoulder, but had the idiot pickup driver been paying attention and travelling with a safe stopping distance, the idiot pickup driver might have been able to avoid the stopped car.
There, i fixed it for you
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:12 PM   #42
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There, i fixed it for you
Sure, and the pickup driver will almost certainly be paying all the damage because it was his poor driving that caused the crash.

But that doesn't change the fact that the blue car could've prevented the wreck by getting the hell out of the travel lane.

It's always better NOT to get hit, even if it's someone else's fault. This is especially true for us motorcyclists, and you notice that the motorcyclists in this video did get the hell out of the travel lane.

I look both ways before proceeding on a green light. Clearly it's the other guy's fault if he runs it and hits me, but I'm the one who ends up in the hospital or morgue.
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Old 04-26-2013, 02:58 PM   #43
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Paying respect for the dead by endangering the living.



Ain't there some food for thought in that?
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:49 PM   #44
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Not enough things still left like that in today's society. You only lose a couple minutes.
...and a couple of cars and maybe a couple more lives....
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:16 PM   #45
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http://www.hubbellfuneralhome.com/bl...al-processions

I never bothered to look before, but it is the law in Florida that you yield. I have never seen a funeral procession with amber or purple lights in 36 years living in Florida, but they generally have the Sheriff's department escorting.
Thanks for that, Florida is the first jurisdiction I have heard of where funeral processions have the right of way. In the states and provinces I have conducted funeral services, everyone had to follow the law.

The purple lights are relatively new, not every jurisdiction has adopted them and not all funeral homes use them. I have one for my motorcycle as I sometimes go to the cemetery/graveyard on my own... now I can be part of the party.
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