Do You Have to Pull Over for a Funeral Procession in Maine?
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As some towns and cities in Maine continue to get busier and busier, a time-honored tradition can suddenly leave a motorist questioning what to do while behind the wheel. The time-honored tradition is that of a funeral procession, where a group of automobiles, typically led by a hearse, drive from a funeral home to the final resting place of a loved one. So what do you do when you find yourself approaching a procession?
Do You Have to Pull Over For a Funeral Procession in Maine?
The answer is no. There are no laws in Maine that require any motorist to pull over and allow a funeral procession by. Additionally, there are no laws in Maine pertaining to funeral processions whatsoever. The act of pulling over or stopping in traffic to allow a funeral procession to continue together is simply kindness and respect.
So I Won't Get In Trouble If I Pass a Funeral Procession or Interrupt the Order?
As of right now in Maine, there is no penalty to any driver that passes a funeral procession on the road. There have been bills brought to the Maine legislature that would have made passing or interrupting a funeral procession a punishable offense, but that bill was never passed. The penalty suggested was a $100 fine.
Can Funeral Processions Run Red Lights?
In many instances, funeral processions will bypass red stoplights on their way to the final destination. However, in Maine (and most other states) if the funeral procession caused an accident by running a red light, the at-fault party would be liable for damages.