June 3rd, 2005, 03:16 PM
Off work this afternoon, and while running errands I ran into a funeral procession going the other way. Normally I would stop for a funeral procession, but I was on the overpass, and worried that if I stopped, some idiot would probably hit me as there isn't any room to pull over to the side. It got me to wondering how many people actually stop for funeral processions.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:20 PM
While I don't pull over for one that is going the way, I do turn off my radio and there is no talking in my car until we pass the funeral procession in respect for the deceased.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:22 PM
if it is safe for me to pull over for a funeral procession i will. if not i will have a moment of silence for them.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:23 PM
we pull over,
i was in a funeral processon for a close friend of mine, we diddnt personally know how to get there because we figured we could follow the car in front of us.
someone diddnt stop and ended up in front of us and it took forever getting there, and already being emotional we were a mess.
to me i find it the considerate thing for me to do
June 3rd, 2005, 03:25 PM
I do stop at intersections and allow the procession to pass through even if my light is green and theirs is red. I also do turn the radio completely down/off.
If somehow I ended up in the middle of a funeral procession (like when they get split due to traffic lights), I will pull over and let them pass me and join the rest of the procession if I can do so safely.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:26 PM
I don't pull over, but I also don't jump into the middle of one, or pass the hearse (I've seen this happen, and I just want to kick those drivers :mad: ). If I'm at an intersection, I'll let the whole thing roll by before I take my turn. I also, in all cases, say a quick prayer for the deceased.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:32 PM
I pull over for them and turn everything off in the car and we say a prayer for the family in their time of need! :sad: But, it is the law here you have to pull over for a funeral procession. I would even if it was not.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:35 PM
I am pretty sure it is illegal here to cut into or through a funeral procession. Just a traffic violation.
June 3rd, 2005, 03:43 PM
In many places it is illegal to join a funeral procession.
It's also common practice to pull over, but sometimes circumstances don't allow. I do not pull over, but will murmer a small prayer and turn my radio down.
It's also considered good ediquate to not pass the herse. While that's a nice thing to do, or not do as this case calls for, it's not practical as the herse is usually only doing about 30 kph, and most road speeds are 50-60 kph.
June 3rd, 2005, 04:15 PM
It's a couple of minutes out of my day for the family of somebody having a terrible day. Yes I pull over.
June 3rd, 2005, 04:30 PM
Ok - just to make sure that you guys don't think that I was in the middle of it. I was on a four lane bridge - two lanes on either side of a concrete median - I was going south and they were on the north side. I was saying that normally, if I'd have been somewhere where I could get off the road, I would - even if they were on the opposite side of the road from me. :o
June 3rd, 2005, 04:42 PM
I'v never actully seen a funeral without a police escort, who stops the traffic themselves, but even if I did I would wait for them all to pass. I don't pass a herse if I can help it, but when they are on a 6 lane highway where the speed limit is 80 mph and they are doing 20 mph I do pass.
June 3rd, 2005, 06:03 PM
It's all city streets here, and yes, I pull over for a funeral procession, always have, always will.
When going to a bigger city of Windsor, no one stopped for multiple processions there. it drove me nuts.
Alsmot every procession inm y city will have a plice escort.
The worst one I was caught in was when this well known business mand died... streets were closed and the procession was 10 minuts long. craziness
June 3rd, 2005, 06:09 PM
if i am driving and there is a procession in front or turning into the road i am on of course i stop, you dont want to break it up, also its hard if your in another city for a funeral and someone cuts you off from the procession, we got lost once and didnt get to the cemetary in time, it was really sad for us.
but when you say pull over do you mean pull of the road if there is two lanes and the prosession is in one ?? if my loved one had jsut died i would be quite offended at ppl stoping to watch or pay their respects to a person they did not know, its none of their business.
but if their driving past or on the other side of the road i dont even notice, why would i?
i am respectful of the dead yes, but i didnt know the person who died so i certainly dont have a minutes silence for them, gosh i dont know what sort of person they were or what life they lived, they could have been a really bad and evil person, its not my place any way (i find it a bit weird), i certainly dont pay respects for just any funeral procession i see, only those i know but i would never get in anyones way.
June 3rd, 2005, 07:35 PM
I'm with you, Melanie, if you're in the way, absolutely, but if not, what difference does it make, you might mumble a little prayer if that's your bag, or a mantra. I'm more likely to pay attention to an ambulance, then I wonder who's in there, if they're in trouble, I always hope it's a woman about to give birth, much happier than to think of someone struggling to live.