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40ish and beyond... 40ish and beyond...

Is it a Southern thing?

Posted by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM
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 I was in town today when a funeral procession passed...of course like I was taught, I pulled to the side of the road, turned my radio down and said a quick prayer.  I looked ahead and behind me of course everyone was doing the same thing....it's what we do!  But then a car passed with out of state plates (I won't mention the state) but from up north.  He never slowed down, nothing.  Is it just a thing down here to show respect for the family of the deceased and the deceased him/herself and pull over while the procession passes by?  My boys are 18 & 21 and do this, because that's the way it is...R E S P E C T !

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misymac
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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In most states IT is the law to pull over for funeral processions. I went to a funeral down south TN, not only do they pull over but people came out of their houses and bossiness and stood on the side of the road showing their respect,

misymac
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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And some people were taught manners and chose not to use them,,

GOBryan
by Bronze sister on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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When there's a funeral procession in Florida, it's lead by a police motorcycle or vehicle and ends the same way so no one can normally cut through. I don't believe anyone moves to the side or slows because the police with the procession is controlling the traffic. 

MandMsWorld
by Sister on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:28 PM

eh - probably just an idiot  one of those guys who never pull to the side for fire engines or ambulances.   I'm amazed at how many of those I see - in VA.

crazymom729
by Cajun Witch (dealer) on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:30 PM

 Ours are lead by police also and end with police escort.  I'm talking about traffic coming in the opposite direction.  Do they pull over out of respect?

Quoting GOBryan:

When there's a funeral procession in Florida, it's lead by a police motorcycle or vehicle and ends the same way so no one can normally cut through. I don't believe anyone moves to the side or slows because the police with the procession is controlling the traffic. 

 

GOBryan
by Bronze sister on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

No. I don't see why they would. If it's not a safety issue, they continue moving with the flow of traffic. 

People don't stop for the living here, they sure as hell aren't gonna stop for the dead. 

I don't know if that's a southern thing because Florida is as far south as it gets and I've never seen them stop here. 

Quoting crazymom729:

 Ours are lead by police also and end with police escort.  I'm talking about traffic coming in the opposite direction.  Do they pull over out of respect?

Quoting GOBryan:

When there's a funeral procession in Florida, it's lead by a police motorcycle or vehicle and ends the same way so no one can normally cut through. I don't believe anyone moves to the side or slows because the police with the procession is controlling the traffic. 

 


sahlady
by It's a jen.thing :) on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM
Yes and no. I'm in so cal and you couldn't pull over on a freeway but you can give them a lane. People are usually considerate from what I see but we simply are unable to completely give them the road.
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Pink.Frosting
by on Apr. 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM
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I'm in Tennessee and we always pull over.  It's just what is done, no one would ever question it.

dana63
by Momma of 40ish on Apr. 18, 2013 at 8:17 PM

 We pull over and most get out of their cars and place hand on their hearts out of respect...

sahlady
by It's a jen.thing :) on Apr. 18, 2013 at 8:21 PM
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For those who completely pull over, how big is your town? I think it has less to do with respect and more to do with safety and practicality. We are not less respectful because we don't pull over, in some areas you simply can not clear an entire road of traffic, there are simply too many people.
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