Is 'overtaking a funeral procession' a legitimate stop?

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 11, 2018 12:01 am

In the police blotter, a person was issued a ticket for "overtaking a funeral procession." Is this a legitimate stop? If so, what is the ordinance or bill?

This is a legitimate stop. There is both a state law and city ordinance that deals with funeral processions.

The state law says that a vehicle not in a funeral procession "may overtake and pass the vehicles ... if such overtaking and passing can be accomplished without causing a traffic hazard or interfering with such procession."

The law also prohibits unauthorized vehicles from driving in a funeral procession.

Quincy police Deputy Chief of Operations Doug VanderMaiden said the tickets for this traffic violation are rare.

"In that particular incident, the ticketed person was involved in an accident with a vehicle in a funeral procession," he said. "A person may be issued a ticket if they attempt to pass or overtake a funeral procession and becomes involved in an accident with a vehicle that is in the procession."

The city ordinance says "no person shall drive through any funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when the vehicles are conspicuously designated."

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