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Funeral Procession on the Freeway?
updated: Mar 20, 2017, 4:29 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Driving on the freeway today I found myself in an odd situation: surrounded by various law enforcement and city vehicles, some marked and some not, with their red/blue lights all flashing. They were all cruising at a little under the speed limit, and there didn't seem to be any emergency. When they all got off near the cemetery it finally occurred to me: I was in the middle of a funeral procession.

My question is, what are my obligations in this situation? Am I supposed to get out of the way? What if I don't? Usually when a cop car has its lights on, it's official business and I'm obligated to either get out of the way or prepare to be pulled over. But this clearly wasn't any emergency, so the use of flashing lights seems like a misuse of official privilege.

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 COMMENT 764641 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 04:35 PM

I wouldn't worry about it too much.

 

 COMMENT 764643 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 04:38 PM

It sounds like an official funeral procession. You would only need to get out of the way if they were sounding sirens as well.

 

 COMMENT 764644 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 04:41 PM

Not worth arguing, they will do what they want when want right or wrong. They will find a way to make it your obligation to move out of the way.

 

 COMMENT 764647 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 04:48 PM

You need to yield right of way to any funeral procession. You don't need to completely stop on the freeway, just move over and slow down. In certain states, perhaps even California, they can continue through red lights and you must yield even if they aren't cops or including cop cars in the motorcade.

 

 COMMENT 764651 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 04:59 PM

Get in front of them, drive real slow and keep your turn signal on the whole time. It's what my Grandmother used to do when confronted by dilemmas.

 

 COMMENT 764654 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 05:25 PM

Thanks for making me LOL, 651, silly.

 

 COMMENT 764656 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 05:30 PM

Typical. No respect unless it you or yours.

 

 COMMENT 764657 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 05:36 PM

644, way to find an opportunity to make a dig.

647 is correct.

651, while irreverent, you are partially right. You forgot the part about blasting your windshield washer fluid :)

 

 COMMENT 764660 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 05:53 PM

657-I might have dug but I'm definitely not wrong.

 

 COMMENT 764670 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 07:23 PM

660... no one is EVER wrong, not by their view anyway.

 

 COMMENT 764673 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 08:08 PM

Original poster - this is addressed in the DMV handbook. I remembered this from taking my driving test in 1986. I just looked it up on Google, and the information hasn't changed. Here you go

"Do not block or hinder a funeral procession. Vehicles taking part in a funeral procession have the right-of-way, and if you interfere, obstruct, or interrupt the funeral procession, you are subject to a citation (CVC §2817). A funeral procession is led by a traffic officer. All vehicles taking part in the procession have windshield markers to identify them and have their headlights on."

 

 COMMENT 764674 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 08:18 PM

Have we lost a thought process called commonsense? If it's really that difficult while driving to be aware, alert, and driving defensively maybe it's time to re read DMV pamphlet or stop driving if you don't know. You have a license, so it should not be a question.

 

 COMMENT 764675 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-20 08:33 PM

Authoritative answer from Calif Driver's Handbook: "Do not block or hinder a funeral procession. Vehicles taking part in a funeral procession have the right-of-way, and if you interfere, obstruct, or interrupt the funeral procession, you are subject to a citation (CVC §2817). A funeral procession is led by a traffic officer. All vehicles taking part in the procession have windshield markers to identify them and have their headlights on."

 

 COMMENT 764691 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 09:43 AM

Really wondering what the point was of posting this question to edhat, have people forgotten (or never learned) how to google? "My question is, what are my obligations in this situation? Am I supposed to get out of the way? What if I don't? " This just seems like you want to stir up drama. Its a funeral, have some respect and change lanes. End of story.

 

 COMMENT 764696 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 09:52 AM

I like these questions, they serve to remind of things that we might not remember. I rarely if ever have seen funeral procession cars have windshield markers.

I would just continue driving at the speed limit until the cop flashed their lights at me to get out of the way.

 

 COMMENT 764701 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 10:03 AM

Dude just pull over.

 

 COMMENT 764770 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 12:25 PM

No, 701. Do not pull over on the freeway.

 

 COMMENT 764783 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 01:22 PM

I would just go on Edhat and complain about the 4 minutes of lost time that the funeral took from your life.

/end irony

 

 COMMENT 764802 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 02:17 PM

@770 lol missed the freeway part!! SO in that case, move over :D

 

 COMMENT 764805 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 02:22 PM

In respect to the deceased, drop back, turn on your headlights, and follow the last car in the procession.

 

 COMMENT 764812 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 02:38 PM

651. It would be nice to get the opportunity of taking wAter balloons to a friend or your families funeral just to have some laughs.

 

 COMMENT 764856 agree helpful negative off topic

2017-03-21 04:35 PM

My common sense tells me to just simply move out of the way as soon as it's safe to do so.

 

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