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Georgia Protocol During a Funeral Procession

July 09, 2018

GEORGIA – July 6, 2018 ( An article on discusses the proper actions to take when you are driving near a funeral procession in Georgia.*

When you see a funeral procession, do you need to stop or pull over? Is doing so part of a state law or just a courtesy? 

Georgia’s state laws say that funeral processions have the right of way at intersections, unless they are approached by an emergency vehicle or signaled by a law enforcement officer to let other vehicles pass. The laws also state that it is illegal to cut into a procession’s line of vehicles and to pass a procession on a two-lane highway. Violators of these laws can be charged with a misdemeanor offense and face a fine of up to $100.  

Sometimes, it is not easy to tell how long a procession line is, but most of them will be flanked by law enforcement vehicles with their lights flashing. Cars in the procession will also usually have their hazard lights on. If the procession is not led by law enforcement, the first car will usually have a light on top of it and a sign that says “funeral.” The last car will have a flashing light or its headlights on. 

When in doubt, the traditional practice is to pull over to the side of the road until the entire procession has passed. It is not against the law for you to keep driving if you are traveling in the opposite direction, but always be aware of your surroundings. There are times when it might not be safe for you to pull over or stop. 

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