As a driver, there is likely a time when you will come across a funeral procession. Knowing what to do in this situation can be a bit tricky. The accepted practice has been for all vehicles to pull over and let the entire funeral procession pass. In fact, Georgia’s state driving laws say that all vehicles in a funeral procession have the right of way at an intersection. The exception to this is emergency vehicles, which always have the right of way. It is also illegal to cut into a funeral procession or try and pass a procession, punishable with a fine of up to $100. Many funeral processions will be accompanied by a police escort.
The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a retired police officer was hit by a tractor-trailer during a funeral procession.
57-year-old Billy Caughron of Auburn was hospitalized with serious injuries on August 13th after being struck by a tractor-trailer. At the time of the accident, Caughron was assisting with a funeral escort.
The accident happened at about 1:45 p.m. at the Georgia National Cemetery on Knox Bridge Highway in Canton. Caughron was using his personal motorcycle at the time.
A preliminary investigation indicates that Caughron pulled out onto the highway in front of the tractor-trailer. He was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. On Wednesday, he was reported as being in stable condition.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was not hurt.
The accident is still under investigation and no charges have been filed. The accident closed the highway for several hours, snarling traffic in Cherokee County.
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