I get it. We are all in a hurry to get to places we need to be and we don’t have time to be slowed down by other traffic or issues on the highways. We are wrapped up in our own world and oblivious to others but there comes a time that we should stop for a minute and show some respect.
I have seen too many times when a funeral procession passes by that other drivers either ignore it and keep driving by or use it as an opportunity to pass other drivers who have stopped as a sign of respect.
Is it really people being that selfish and impatient or do they just not know the rules about this?
The rules vary from state-to-state so check with your state on their rules for when you encounter a funeral procession on the roadway. For the State of Tennessee, Code 55-8-183 states:
(c) (1) Unless complying with the specific order of a law enforcement officer, no operator of a motor vehicle shall knowingly:
(A) Fail to yield the right-of-way to a properly identified funeral procession progressing across an intersection in accordance with the provisions of subdivision (a)(1);
(B) While following a properly identified funeral procession along a two-lane street, road or highway, pass or attempt to pass a properly identified funeral procession; or
(C) Drive or attempt to drive between the vehicles within a properly identified funeral procession.
(2) Each violation of subdivision (c)(1) is punishable by a civil penalty not to exceed fifty dollars ($50.00).
(3) For purposes of this subsection (c), to be a properly identified funeral procession, the procession must be indicated by a flashing amber light and a auditory signaling device mounted on the lead vehicle or by other properly identified escort, and a flag or other appropriate marking device on each vehicle in the procession indicating that the vehicle is part of the funeral procession.
Is it so hard to simply pull over for a few seconds until the deceased and immediate family passes by? What if it was your family or your loved one? We all look at this a little differently when it affects us. I know that the times I have been part of the family that it always was comforting to see drivers show respect. It does give you a sense of hope in humanity.
Yes, it is a moment of inconvenience and it slows us down but wouldn’t you rather slow down for a few seconds than to be IN the funeral procession?