Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Do You Pull Over?

There has been a lot of discussion in our paper lately about a southern tradition. When you meet a funeral procession, do you pull over to the side of the road and wait for all the cars to pass, before proceding on?

There is not a North Carolina law that says you have to do this, but it is just something that is done to respect the dead person's family. I always pull over.

Some of the people commenting on this issue, feel that it is a foolish tradition. I just wondered if you pull over?

12 comments:

Mike Golch said...

I did when I was driving.

Ms. A said...

I absolutely pull over... ALWAYS.

Pat said...

I always pull over...it's the least you can do.

Mari said...

I always pull over. I've noticed I don't see as many funeral processions though. In this area it seems more people are having private graveside services.

Pen Pen said...

I still pull over. However, I "think" I was with Daddy one time, when a black funeral procession was coming through, and before we could pull over, the lead car tried to run us off the road. LOL

Margaret Cloud said...

I have never pulled over for a funeral possession but if they are turning that is different, you wait.

Anonymous said...

We always pull over.
When my mother in law was burried,
we were going to the graveside service and a man in a truck pulled over and got out and put his hat over his heart and bowed his head. This is in NC, It touched us greatly.

It's just respect for the feelings of the mourners.

Donna of donnasbusyhands.blogspot.com

Debbie J said...

I always pull over. I remember how good it made me feel when I was in the procession for a funeral and people were pulling over. So I want to do my small part to comfort the family.

Renie Burghardt said...

I always pull over as well. It's common pratice around here anyway.

Paula said...

I pull over as well. It was how I was raised and is simply a sign of respect here in Oregon as well.

The Babysitters Love said...

Always!!! I also noticed lately how, aside from respect, it also offers safety to people driving. When following behind the procession for my uncle's funeral I realized how little the family is paying attention to other traffic. When you are mourning your mind is elsewhere.

Granny Annie said...

We always pull over. It means even more when your are in the procession and see this example of respect shown to your lost loved one. Some people do not have any idea that such a tradition exists and that is a shame.