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Old 05/29/07, 09:34 PM
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Smile Does oncoming traffic stop for a funeral procession where you live?

Maybe it's just a southern courtesy, but most places south that I've lived, when we see a hearse coming the opposite direction on the road, everyone immediately pulls to the edge of the highway and stops until the entire procession (indicated by headlights) passes completely by.

Then, traffic resumes. It usually only takes a minute or 2 and I think it's a pretty nice show of respect for the folks who are grieving.

Overtaking and passing a funeral procession from behind is also just not done around here. You follow, at a distance...even if it means a 35 mph trip of several miles...

Any such habits where you live?

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Old 05/29/07, 09:36 PM
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We also pull over and stop when meeting a funeral procession. I dunno if everybody does it, but that's how we were taught.

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Old 05/29/07, 09:40 PM
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Same courtesy around here.

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We don't pull over, but we don't cut in, and we stop at the intersection until it passes. Only exception would be if the procession goes on the expressway.

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The only place here that we'd see a funeral procession is a 4 lane highway complete with stoplights, so people don't stop. There isn't enough room for everyone to pull over, and most people wouldn't notice.

We have a place about 100 miles N in a small town and it is common to do that, but I've just seen one procession there.

I was picking up rabbits in a town about 60 miles away and was on a 2 lane hwy. I wasn't paying mind to what was coming, and then I got to 3 cars all pulled over with people inside. I looked back and saw the hearse. I pulled over until it passed, but had the other cars not been there, I wouldn't have been aware enough to know.

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It's done here too, I always stop and if I'm wearing a cap it comes off as well.

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Funny you ask. Just this Saturday, there was a funeral for a young soldier killed in Afghanistan. I had two of my daughters with me and we pulled over. But on top of that, I looked ahead and folks had not only pulled over, but gotten out and bowed their heads. It was truly a sight to behold, close to 5-600 people lining the main drag. I got to teach the girls a lesson too. I heard, "Daddy, why are we stopping? Let's go!!" I got to teach them that this young man gave the ultimate sacrifice and deserves our respect, and so does anyone....ANYONE else that dies.

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Old 05/29/07, 09:49 PM
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It's the same here. Sometimes there's a cop at a busy corner, occasionally with hat removed.

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This is a very interesting question, and yes we pull over as do most other people.

However, I cannot remember the last funeral procession I've come across, and I travel around here quite a bit. It has been many, many years since there has been a procession. Wonder if it is a dying thing as it sure is not done much anymore, and I know people are passing away all the time around here...

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Old 05/29/07, 09:59 PM
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Well...

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This is a very interesting question, and yes we pull over as do most other people.

However, I cannot remember the last funeral procession I've come across, and I travel around here quite a bit. It has been many, many years since there has been a procession. Wonder if it is a dying thing as it sure is not done much anymore, and I know people are passing away all the time around here...
It could be the crematoriums are running strong and people are disposing of ashes rather than toting caskets...
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We pull over around here too. However, when it comes to meeting an oncoming funeral posesion on a 4 lane with a medium I'm confused as if we should pull over or not. Some do and some don't around here.

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Old 05/29/07, 10:43 PM
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I always pull over when I see one.....no matter the highway....even coming from Enid on the 4-lane, people stop

a friend once came upon one from behind.....passed several cars before realizing she had jumped in the middle of a procession.....she sheepishly pulled over when she realized!!!!

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I was taught to, but no one really does here. I do, because my mother taught me better, to have respect for other people's grief, but it seems like most people in our "self" centred society find it abhorrent to take thirty seconds out of their day to pay their respects to the dead.

Another sign of the times that I could do without.

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I've never seen anyone NOT stop/pull over around here.

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Old 05/29/07, 11:05 PM
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yep, we pull over here as well.

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Old 05/29/07, 11:33 PM
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We don't pull over, but we don't cut in, and we stop at the intersection until it passes. Only exception would be if the procession goes on the expressway.
That is how we do it here. You do not interfere with the procession. I have not heard of the custom of *oncoming* traffic stopping though, since it would not interefere with the procession's travel. But it sounds like a matter of respect and courtesy that should be extened.
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Old 05/29/07, 11:55 PM
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Yup, we pull over here in MS. Doesn't matter how many lanes of traffic there are, if a funeral procession is passing all lanes stop while it goes by.

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I remember as a child in west Michigan everyone would stop. Haven't seen that happen in a couple decades tho
However they still stop and allow the procession through at intersections etc.

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Old 05/30/07, 02:28 AM
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We stop even on the 4 lane highway - both directions of traffic.

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most people do here,there are a few idiots. when my paw inlaw passed, the procession was over a hundred cars ,did not have one car not pull over or try too pass even though we traveled 20 miles. we also get those that do not pull over for emergency vehicles, was happy too see some cops "educating" a bunch of maroons held up a police car!
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Folks here USUALLY pull over. It depends a bit on the road (4-lane or 2-lane ?) and it depends a bit on the locale (heavy traffic or light).

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It's done here although the distance between the church and the cemetery is short. It is on a country highway and I've even seen semi's pull over.

Where I grew up, our home was on a major street between the downtown churches and the cemetery on the edge of the city. Cars not only pulled over, but we were taught to stop whatever we were doing and to stand at attention.

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Yep that is how we do it. Pull Overand remove cover. Guess common courtesy inst too common any more.
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Old 05/30/07, 07:26 AM
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We do the same here. Most men that I know (me included) remove their hats, even in the car. It amazes me though, the difference in custom and courtesy. I've had a couple of times that there were processions down the interstate. I'd pull over as would most of the folks, including the big rigs. You'd see a car just boogie on by and look...9.9 times out of 10.....out of state

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we do here but in CA we had never even thought about it. It is not customary to stop there...it is considered poor manners to cut into a procession though.

I much prefer the ozarkian manners.

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Old 05/30/07, 07:53 AM
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Most all pull over and stop.

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Old 05/30/07, 07:58 AM
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Around here, people allow the funeral procession the right of way, but I've never heard of oncoming traffic pulling over. But then, I grew up in Chicago, and oncoming traffic stopping would probably have made a jam that would have blocked the funeral procession...

I always yield to funerals. Don't see many of them around here anymore, either.

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They do not here. I was raised to do so in Kentucky. Here, most folks don't even care.
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laws -another slant

In my southern town, if you want an procession with your funeral, you have to pay for an escort service so they alert/halt traffic at every intersection. If not, you are asked NOT to have a procession, but to simply gather at the cemetery. I think it is important that we show respect to the dead and their families. However, sometimes in larger cities, a line of cars stopping for a funeral procession will result in a traffic jam and often other wrecks. If it is a 2-lane road, I see it owuld be especially important to stop for emergency vehicles. But I don't think it is safe to stop on 4-lane roads, either for funeral processions or emergency vehicles going the opposite direction.

I realize that many of you live out of town or near smaller towns. I live near a town of over 60,000.

I like the idea of removing a hat. A great tribute.

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It's done here too, but I have noticed people who don't stop. I think it is very respectful to stop when seeing one coming.

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