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Our new Mayor and city council's decision to restrict funeral processions is not going over well with the residents of our town.

Posted by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM
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First photo is the article from our mayor and city council

Second photo is the 'clarification' provided by the mayor.

Third photo is what the letter the mayor had sent to the funeral homes

http://le.utah.gov/~code/TITLE76/htm/76_09_010800.htm

Those are our state's statutes regarding funeral processions.

by on Aug. 5, 2014 at 7:16 PM
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AdrianneHill
by Platinum Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM
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Accidents waiting to happen
4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Aug. 5, 2014 at 7:55 PM

why should the public pay for traffic control?  It seems more than reasonable that this is an arrangement that should be made by the funeral home and the cost included in the burial expenses.  

canadianmom1974
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:40 PM
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 I'm not seeing a big deal here. Police have never escorted funeral processions here, at least not in the 20 years I've lived here, nor in the 20 years I lived in my home town. People do have their flashers on, but still follow traffic laws, and there have been no accidents as a result of a funeral procession.

People merely meet at the cemetery and the interment begins once everyone is there, or after waiting a reasonable length of time.

The only time there have been police escorts is if it an "official" funeral of a member of the police, fire, military, or politican.

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Here in our state, it has been like that for years.  If you want a police escort for your funeral, you gotta pay for it.  

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM
The big deal is that the new city code violates our state's statutes, and goes against every fiber of tradition in our town. The issue isn't police escorts. It's requiring processions to observe traffic signs and laws.

Quoting canadianmom1974:

 I'm not seeing a big deal here. Police have never escorted funeral processions here, at least not in the 20 years I've lived here, nor in the 20 years I lived in my home town. People do have their flashers on, but still follow traffic laws, and there have been no accidents as a result of a funeral procession.


People merely meet at the cemetery and the interment begins once everyone is there, or after waiting a reasonable length of time.


The only time there have been police escorts is if it an "official" funeral of a member of the police, fire, military, or politican.

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Not really.  In my state, police don't automatically provide escort for funerals unless you pay for it.  The members in the funeral procession have to follow the traffic laws and signals just like everyone else.  If they get caught behind a red light, they just catch up when they can.   Everyone should have directions to the cemetary before setting out any way.

Quoting AdrianneHill: Accidents waiting to happen


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:46 PM
Ditto.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Here in our state, it has been like that for years.  If you want a police escort for your funeral, you gotta pay for it.  

Jack_Squat
by Silver Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM
I should have clarified that the issue isn't the lack of police escorts. The issue is that the new code violates our state's statutes.

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Here in our state, it has been like that for years.  If you want a police escort for your funeral, you gotta pay for it.  

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Of course they should.  How the heck is everyone supposed to know that the red light runner is in a funeral procession, especially if the person who got to the light after the hearse passed?  

Quoting Jack_Squat: The big deal is that the new city code violates our state's statutes, and goes against every fiber of tradition in our town. The issue isn't police escorts. It's requiring processions to observe traffic signs and laws.
Quoting canadianmom1974:

 I'm not seeing a big deal here. Police have never escorted funeral processions here, at least not in the 20 years I've lived here, nor in the 20 years I lived in my home town. People do have their flashers on, but still follow traffic laws, and there have been no accidents as a result of a funeral procession.

People merely meet at the cemetery and the interment begins once everyone is there, or after waiting a reasonable length of time.

The only time there have been police escorts is if it an "official" funeral of a member of the police, fire, military, or politican.


PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Aug. 5, 2014 at 8:48 PM

State statutes should be changed then. And the members of the funeral procession MUST follow the law and stop at red lights just like everyone else.

Quoting Jack_Squat: I should have clarified that the issue isn't the lack of police escorts. The issue is that the new code violates our state's statutes.
Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Here in our state, it has been like that for years.  If you want a police escort for your funeral, you gotta pay for it.  


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