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Old 01/06/12, 07:24 PM
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Pulling over for a funeral procession

On my ride home today a I was passed by a funeral procession. Growing up my family always pulled over to the side and waited for everyone to pass before continuing, as a sign of respect for the dead. Today about 3/4 of the cars on my side of the road did this while the other 1/4 passed by us confused as to why we were all on the side of the road.

I was wondering how many people on here pull over for a funeral procession?


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Old 01/06/12, 07:26 PM
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My parents always did it and I always do it.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:26 PM
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Growing up in a small town in the south nobody would of dreamed of not pulling over.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:26 PM
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We always pull over. I think that alot of people are just not taught this.


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Old 01/06/12, 07:27 PM
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For some reason in this area we very, very rarely see them. I've lived here 9 years and have never seen one.

In Montana when I was growing up, one pulled over for a procession.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:28 PM
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Always do.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:29 PM
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We always do but so many do not and some will not even wait but turn or cut into the procession. So disrespectful.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:34 PM
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Always do, and here in town there is usually a police officer directing traffic at intersections twhere there is a light or turn.


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Old 01/06/12, 07:35 PM
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We rarely seem them, but yes it is proper to pull over and wait.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:40 PM
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The reason I love Texas...they care if you live and they care if you die...so much respect...it is always done here.

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Old 01/06/12, 07:42 PM
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Everyone in this area always pulls over,we can usually tell the 'out of townees' as they don't pull over but instead slow down & stare & act like they wonder what is going on~~

I think it shows respect for the family & deceased but that's how i was raised~~


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Old 01/06/12, 07:47 PM
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I'll vote in dissent. I was born and raised in a small southern town and still say "Yes ma'am" and "No sir" even if I'm the one with gray hairs now.
I won't interfere or cut in on a procession, of course, but unless the guy in the back of that hearse is going to take my place tonight at work, I've got to keep moving.
He's got nowhere to go and an eternity to git there. OTOH, I've still got things to git done.
If y'all do ever see me in the back of one (and you won't) I'll make sure someone waves you around. I't's OK with me, I understand.


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Old 01/06/12, 07:48 PM
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Always pull over here

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Old 01/06/12, 08:16 PM
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Always pull over......its about respect....

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Old 01/06/12, 08:20 PM
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I always pull over unless it's not safe to do so.

I've been in a few processions lately that had to go onto the 4-lane and we were being passed by people in the right hand lane. I thought that was beyond distasteful.

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Old 01/06/12, 08:23 PM
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I've also noticed people not pulling over for ambulances. What's up with that?

I always pull over for both.


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Old 01/06/12, 08:24 PM
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yep pull over

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Old 01/06/12, 08:35 PM
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Pull over.


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Old 01/06/12, 08:36 PM
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always pull over. i have met some out in the country where i didn't realize what it was at first, or couldn't pull over immediately due to a lack of a shoulder and i always feel bad that i didn't get to pull over before the first car or two were past.

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Old 01/06/12, 08:48 PM
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I always pull over. Respect for a deceased stranger and their family is more important than any hurry I might be in.

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Old 01/06/12, 08:51 PM
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I always pull over, and around here, haven't seen anyone who doesn't. And a busy state highway runs through our town, but everyone pulls over, even the 18 wheelers.

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Old 01/06/12, 09:02 PM
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I won't cut in or through a procession.

Heck, Mn is likely one of the few where there is a law against it.

But I'd like to know how fast are you or they driving if they are catching you from behind?

They have to keep to the speed limit and if they are catching you, it's likely YOU are impeding traffic then.

And I have never been in, or seen a funeral procession speed.


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Old 01/06/12, 09:04 PM
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If at all possible, I pull over and I've noticed that folks do it here more than where I used to live(just another reason to like this area).

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Old 01/06/12, 09:08 PM
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When I lived in Texas I did...here in Yankee-land, no.


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Old 01/06/12, 09:12 PM
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Missouri is Yankee land??

Yes, I always pull over.

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Old 01/06/12, 09:12 PM
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Yep if it is possible I pull over however most people just go on by which is very sad! Being in my fair share of funeral prosessions it is always heartwarming to see strangers paying their respect by pulling over.

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Old 01/06/12, 09:13 PM
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Pull over here.

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Old 01/06/12, 09:18 PM
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It seems to be hit or miss here. I never noticed people doing it until maybe the past 10 years or so. I don't know if I was just oblivious -- I don't remember my parents pulling over, even though they are the kind of people who generally follow all those little rules of respect -- or if it's a custom that is gradually being imported from other regions of the country. Certainly, one NEVER inserts oneself into a procession nor crosses a procession, and everyone waits for a procession to move through an intersection regardless of the light changes, but pulling over as one passes the other direction is not universal.

I guess because of my experience, I would not be offended by people not pulling over for the procession of a loved one of mine. I would be touched by those who did, but I would not expect it. Expectations like that generally lead to disappointment anyway, and with the grief of the death, who needs the extra stress of imagining that complete strangers are "disrespecting" you? I would assume that those who don't pull over simply aren't aware of the custom. Very few people would refuse to pull over because they felt like being deliberately disrespectful, and those who would aren't worth caring about.

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Old 01/06/12, 09:19 PM
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We pull over too. We also pull over to let police go by and firetrucks and ambulances.


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Old 01/06/12, 09:31 PM
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As noted, I would never cut in or through a procession, and I've always waited for processions to pass when I was walking in Chicago, but pull over? A procession must be moving pretty fast to pass me up...

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