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Funeral Processions

  • Drivers in funeral processions face the difficult task of navigating streets that are unfamiliar.
  • In addition, they are driving at an emotionally-draining time in their lives—the aftermath of the death of a family member, friend, or relative.
  • Due to the level of emotional involvement, drivers in funeral processions are not able to process all of the visual information that other drivers are able to handle.
  • The lead vehicle in a funeral procession (the hearse) will stop for stop signs and red lights, but vehicles following the hearse are allowed to continue through the intersection without stopping.
  • Motorists encountering a funeral procession should yield the right-of-way to all vehicles in the procession.
  • Drivers should not drive between vehicles in an organized funeral procession, except when required to do so by a law enforcement officer.
  • In addition, drivers are not allowed to join a funeral procession in order to secure the right-of-way.

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