Monday, April 14, 2008
Funeral Processions Part 2
Q: Regarding this funeral procession right of way question - I am from Lafayette and the interpretation of it there is based on the right of way "in traffic" i.e. the flow of traffic - they
don't interpret it to mean the entire roadway. I am having a hard time getting used to the way folks up here do it - seems unnecessary and frustrating to us! What I want to know is why is the way this is interpreted not consistent throughout the state? Down there you would not dream of crossing through their traffic, even if there is a big gap and you would not pull out in their traffic or anything like that but if they are going one way and you are going the opposite way then everyone keeps going.

A: You are correct. The state law I referred to before states that processions have the right of way, however vehicles are permitted to pass on the left of the procession when safe and legal to do so. Oncoming traffic is not required to yield to the procession, however processional vehicles do have the right of way for cross traffic at intersections as an example. I hope this clears the law up for you.

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posted by South Bend Police Department @ 1:53 AM  
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Funeral Procession Right of Way
Q: I was wondering if there is a law pertaining to passing a funeral procession. I know that you stop and let them proceed through a stop sign or traffic light, but are you suppose to stop your car and let them go past if they are going in the opposite direction. Two times this summer, all of the cars stopped until they passed.

A: There is. Indiana Code 9-21-13 covers funeral processions and states that funeral processions have the right of way in traffic. This should imply that the right of way should be given across the entire roadway, for the length of the procession (cars with flags or headlights illuminated)

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