Funeral Processions and Safety
- When someone attempts to cut in line, they may cause a procession member to swerve to avoid being hit (or hitting the cutter). That member may swerve into the path (or even right into the side) of an officer, as the officer races up the side of the procession.
- When someone cuts in line, often times they will cut OUT of line, left or right, without looking, and may wind up colliding with an officer. This happens most frequently, when someone cuts into the line, and then “dives” for an exit at the last second.
- Someone could cut in line, and cause a collision that spirals outward and involves an officer and who knows how many other motorists.
Folks, please, when you encounter a funeral procession – especially on the freeway – do not attempt to cut into the line. First off, it’s very disrespectful. Secondly, it presents a danger to you, as well as the people in the procession, as well as the officers escorting. If you need to make an exit, try slowing down (prepare well ahead of time, for that matter), and waiting until the end of the procession line, then get over. If you miss the exit, simply take the next one. Folks, there’s always an alternate route. Please, for the love of life, don’t try to dive for an exit at the last second (ever, but especially under these circumstances).
As for people IN the procession, I’ll let Lesli explain it in the words she wrote in her comment:
PLEASE, if you are in a funeral procession….DO NOT let someone in and break the line. You might be providing a shield for that officer who is racing up to the front to bump his partner. Also, if you let someone in the procession they may decide to make a turn either left or right and collide with an officer as he is doing his job trying to get you where you need to go. (Lesli Zamora, in comments to “Respect“.)
Be safe, Houston. Please. We want to keep you around for a while. Without you, this city would just be another mud hole on the side of the road, on the way to Florida.