Saturday afternoon as I was leaving my home on Rover Boulevard near Grand Canyon, I was surprised to see two police cars with lights on approaching. I quickly realized, however, that a hearse (also with lights flashing) was following the police, and that the three vehicles were leading a funeral procession.
I pulled over to the side of the road to show my respect for the deceased and the mourners.
As the procession continued to pass going the other direction, I glanced into my rearview mirror and was surprised to see two vehicles behind me, proceeding as if nothing were amiss. I could still see the police cars in my rearview mirror, so I knew those cars behind me could see them, too. As I sat in my car waiting for the procession to pass, four more cars passed me.
I was so upset by this that I posted about it on my Facebook page. A friend in Los Alamos commented that she saw the same procession up there. She and her husband stopped and he even removed his hat. As they watched the procession pass, they saw other cars trying to turn into it.
I know that there are not many funeral processions in Los Alamos, but I would like to encourage drivers to be respectful and pull over when they see a funeral procession. This is an excerpt from the New Mexico Driver Education Curriculum: With daytime running lights on some cars, it can be difficult to tell when you are indeed seeing a funeral procession. It is sometimes illegal and always in poor form to cut into a funeral procession.
Please remember to show respect.