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Old May 2nd, 2013, 06:29 AM   #1
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Ok, I was discussing this with co-workers last night, and one of them who feels he has a firm grasp on the law, looked up the law. It says you must yield to funeral processions and give them the right of way. I knew this, you can't cut into a funeral procession. However, the question at hand was, if you are traveling in one direction on a 2 lane road and a funeral procession is heading in the opposite direction on the 2 lane road, do you need to pull over to the side of the road? I interpret the law as you give them the right of way and yield to them, but in the case of traveling in opposite directions, you aren't infringing on their right of way and you're free to continue traveling. He interprets it as you MUST pull over to the side of the road as you would with a emergency vehicle. All the rest of my co-workers felt that it was just a common courtesy and a showing of respect.

GL4x4, what say you? Especially Hancho, I would like to hear what he has to say on it.

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http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/22037194...on-controversy
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this is all I could find:

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/%28S%2...GHT-OF-WAY.pdf
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My thoughts , some people stop out of respect. I do not believe it's illegal to continue driving by.
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why would you stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction?
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I had never heard of pulling off to the side of the road in that situation. After reading that article and discussing it on ADVrider, I had just assumed it was a southern thing.
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why would you stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction?
You have never seen this happen? I always wondered why people pulled over.
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Go down to GA and you'll get your answer. I've never seen it done here though.
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why would you stop if you are traveling in the opposite direction?
I don't understand either.

Honestly I can't even think of a time when I've came across a funeral procession going the opposite way. I can think of many times when one has crossed my path and I've had to wait.

I fully understand why you pull over for an emergency vehicle going the opposite way. But I've just really never thought about it for a funeral procession.

I kinda get the respect thing, but honestly if I was in the procession or riding in the lead car I wouldn't see people not pulling over as disrespectful. Now someone cutting in line, passing, breaking it up by going through a stop sign, something like that I fully agree with being disrespectful.
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I asked my mother(drivers education instructor)the same question.Her answer was NO you do not have to pull over.
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I think the correct answer is you SHOULD NOT pull over. I understand the respect aspect, however some cars pulling over and some not is a recipe for a collision, imagine travelling to your loved ones internment and a car, trying to avoid a car pulled over clips a vehicle in your procession.
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My thoughts , some people stop out of respect. I do not believe it's illegal to continue driving by.
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You have never seen this happen? I always wondered why people pulled over.
honestly, never.

If I saw someone pull over for a funeral I would wonder if they were retarded.

If an ambulance is coming at you from the opposite direction and you're the only car on the road do you pull over as they pass by you?

I always pull over if they are overtaking me....but I only pull over if we are passing by each other if there are other cars around they may need my lane to negotiate.
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Interesting. Over spring break, My in-laws were telling us about that behavior in Pensacola, FL, with everyone stopping being common. I had never seen anything like that. Then we were on the base to visit the Naval Air Museum, just as we always do. When we left, a funeral procession was arriving at the base and every car across 6+ lanes (i.e. inbound and outbound lanes) just stopped where they were. Aside from those in the inbound lanes that had to move out of the way, nobody changed lanes or anything. They just stopped. Given the circumstances, I certainly wouldn't complain, but it was weird.
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I always pull over if they are overtaking me....but I only pull over if we are passing by each other if there are other cars around they may need my lane to negotiate.
I always pull over period.

I kinda figure I'll give him as much room as humanly possible to work with just in case he needs it.

However driving around down here there really aren't many times where there aren't a bunch of other cars around. The last time I saw an ambulance with no one else around was probably when I still lived up north.
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I always pull over period.

I kinda figure I'll give him as much room as humanly possible to work with just in case he needs it.
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You do not have to stop for a funeral procession going in the opposite direction of you unless traffic is being stopped by a police escort. If being stopped by a police escort it is usually at an intersection or the procession leaving a funeral home.
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I would only stop or pull over for a military precession, maybe fire/police.

Anything other then that, fuck them they are dead and in no hurry. I'm alive and got shit to do and places to be.
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I would only stop or pull over for a military precession, maybe fire/police.

Anything other then that, fuck them they are dead and in no hurry. I'm alive and got shit to do and places to be.
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My thoughts , some people stop out of respect. I do not believe it's illegal to continue driving by.
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I had never heard of pulling off to the side of the road in that situation. After reading that article and discussing it on ADVrider, I had just assumed it was a southern thing.
I have been part of a procession when people pulled to the side of the road, but that was in rural areas around Midland, where people tend to have more respect (insert another profiling stat here). It was actually pretty cool.

I have never seen it in SE Mich.
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