Utah traffic laws apply to the majority of motorists besides law enforcement and emergency services, yet individuals in a funeral procession may also be exempt from following certain rules of the road.
What traffic light?
Those who are part of a funeral procession don’t have to yield at stop signs or traffic lights as other motorist do. In fact, they have the right of way on the road over all automobiles except emergency vehicles. Anyone who interferes with an active funeral procession or impedes the memorial services in any way is guilty of a class B misdemeanor.
Laws for the funeral procession
Although the traveling memorial service has the right of way, they also have guidelines they must follow to be allowed some liberties on public roadways. According to Utah Code 76-9-108, “at least one vehicle contains the body or remains of a deceased person being memorialized and the vehicles [included in the procession] are going to or from a memorial service.”
Identify the procession
To help other motorists distinguish the funeral procession, Utah Code 76-9-108 states “the operators of the vehicles [in a funeral procession] identify themselves as being part of the procession by having the lamps or lights of the vehicle on and by keeping in close formation with the other vehicles in the procession.” Just as motorists are taught to be aware and move over when they observe flashing lights that signal the approach of law enforcement or emergency vehicles, if they additionally watch for a string of vehicles with their headlamps and hazard lights on, then they can avoid charges of impeding with a funeral procession.