Funeral Processions are Dying

by J-Touchette

To find out what the rules are in your town or city, talk to your funeral director who will be familiar with the rules.

Funeral processions are a time-honored tradition, and as a show of respect, other motorists pull over and stop on the sides of roads to honor the dead. A procession doesn’t need to obey traffic laws and can run red lights. They always have a police escort.

Sorry, that’s a description of several years ago. Now it seems, police departments across the US are not giving escorts to these funeral goers. The police forces no longer have the money to participate due to the economic problems the country is having. In addition, small towns don’t have forces large enough to accommodate every funeral.

Some police have begun to charge for funerals, the price is around $150 per escort, and each escort comes with two cars. Some cities have even declared that all members of a procession must obey all traffic laws, which has led to a huge decrease in the tradition. Most police are still providing escorts to fallen officers, fire fighters and soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty. A concession is also usually made for unusually large funerals, where there is a danger to public safety that would require the presence of an officer.

The police may not be providing many escorts anymore, but some funeral homes are providing their own. Unfortunately courts have ruled that police or funeral home leading a procession may be liable for any accidents that occur during the drive, and that has some funeral homes hesitating.

Read more:

Police Escort Fewer Funeral Processions | USAToday.com

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