A near-fatal crash caught on tape in Marion County, Tenn., has drivers wondering if southern civility could be putting lives at risk on the road.
Cody Vice was wearing a helmet camera while out riding motorcycles with friends. A funeral procession was in the oncoming traffic, so he and his friends pulled to the shoulder to show their respects.
"All of a sudden these tires, you know, screeching, and then a big collision. It scared me. That had to be one of the scariest moments that I've ever had riding," Vice told WRCB 3 Chattanooga.
A pickup truck missed Vice by mere inches as it slammed into a car which was also stopped for the funeral procession.
The irony? The funeral procession was for a young man killed in a car accident. The video has caused a debate on whether or not oncoming traffic should stop for funeral processions.
Tips: How should you drive near a funeral procession?
1. Laws vary by state, but states grant funeral processions the right of way in most traffic situations. They are either explicitly or implicitly allowed to go through red lights and ignore other traffic signals. Some states require vehicles to have some sort of indicator on vehicles involved in the funeral procession, but sometimes they just require it of the lead car. Be aware if you see a line of vehicles ignoring traffic signals, they may be part of a funeral procession.
2. If you come across a funeral procession, be aware that you will have to yield for their procession.
3. Oncoming traffic is not required by law to yield. While the law says that when meeting a funeral procession oncoming traffic should continue as normal, the south has it's own unwritten rules of acceptable behavior and civility.
4. Once the procession has passed, traffic should resume as normal.