Teach funeral procession etiquette

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: May 8 2013 | 11:28 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 3:05 pm in
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I was a driver in a funeral procession recently and there were at least three close calls as the procession went to the cemetery. All three incidents that I witnessed were on highways with a speed limit of 45-55 mph.

The problem was that some people were trying to slow down and stop as they met us (the traditional sign of respect), while others did not and were swerving and dodging each other. One driver stopped inches short of a high-speed collision at a stop light as the procession was turning onto a highway and part of it went through a red light.

I am proposing that some federal agency decide what is the correct protocol and mandate a slot in our education system to provide all drivers with that protocol. The most obvious slot would be in the driver education programs.

It would certainly be difficult to make federal laws regarding this issue because enforcement would be difficult at best. Something does need to be done, however.

LeRoy Barnhart

Edgewood

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