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Old 11-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #29
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I grew up along the Gulf Coast of Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. If any of you are vacationing in that area, I highly recommend pulling over and coming to a stop if you meet a funeral procession. If you happen to be on a two lane road, it's not uncommon for family members in the procession to run you off the road for not stopping. Southerners take respect for their lost loved ones very seriously.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:05 PM   #30
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In the Houston of the 1950's everyone, without exception, pulled over as a sign of respect for the deceased and family. During a funeral last year in Dallas, even with a police escort to the cemetery, quite a few people did not pull over. I think our society has just become less considerate / respectful of others.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:20 PM   #31
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In my area of Georgia, pulling over may mean falling down and enbankment.
If the road is a 4 lane highway, move to the outermost lanes. Percession has the center of the highway.
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:40 PM   #32
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Pulling over and stopping was the expected, respectful and right thing to do where I was raised in Idaho...TB
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Old 11-20-2009, 10:55 PM   #33
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I haven't seen a funeral procession in decades, but when I was growing up in NYC, they were quite common. A cop on a motorcycle would lead, stop traffic at intersections, and other cop at the rear would ride ahead to stop traffic at the next intersection. All the cars had their headlights on—today on a lot of cars you can't turn them off when the engine's running, so that confuses things.

It's obvious in part of the country, funeral processions still happen and people stop for them. I don't remember people stopping, they just didn't get in the way or cut into the line.

Funerals seem a lot less formal today and it's not necessary to have a black suit or dress, but I see no less respect despite different customs.

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Old 11-20-2009, 11:02 PM   #34
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Even out here in the land of weirdos you will see folks pull over for a funeral procession...not always, but it's not unusual. I live in a rural area, not sure how it is down in So-Cal.
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Old 11-21-2009, 10:32 AM   #35
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Well I may be in trouble. I have never in my 55 yrs of driving ever pulled over when meeting a funeral procession. However I do have enough respect for others to pull over if being overtaken by a funeral procession or curiosity enough just to follow and not pass one. I will never cut a procession its just not done.
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Old 11-21-2009, 05:33 PM   #36
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Interseting and common sense would say to slow down if they were on the other side of the road. I never heard of stopping unless they were behind me and had a police escort. Also I am older now and in Calif people seem to be creamated more so not as many processions as I imagine in smaller towns.
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Old 11-21-2009, 06:53 PM   #37
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It's not only polite, but standing back out of the way, for an unknown person, that is on their last ride.

A funeral procession and cemetary, should always be respected to the utmost.

To bad, that many visitors to the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, don't understand, to speak softly, and take their damn hats off, when they are on that Memorial.

Disrespect, galore. How very sad.

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It's not only polite, but standing back out of the way, for an unknown person, that is on their last ride.

A funeral procession and cemetary, should always be respected to the utmost.

To bad, that many visitors to the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, don't understand, to speak softly, and take their damn hats off, when they are on that Memorial.

Disrespect, galore. How very sad.

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I noticed the same thing last week while at the Alamo. There was even a sign on the door as a reminder...
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Old 11-22-2009, 08:27 AM   #39
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A lot of services are now held at a church or funeral home with no grave side service. It is difficult for people to take off work the length of time a full grave side service takes.

I was brought up to pull off the road as a means of respect.
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