Safety Concerns End Springdale Funeral Escorts

Manpower, Liability Remain Issues

Posted: January 22, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Safety is the No. 1 reason Springdale police no longer provides funeral escorts, said Mayor Doug Sprouse.

“I couldn’t live with myself if something similar was to happen after my chief and officers have warned me that this practice endangers the public.”

Mayor Doug Sprouse

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What is involved in proposing a bill to change the law and grant right of a way to a funeral procession?


January 22, 2013 at 8:31 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Seems to me that it is more dangerous without the escorts than with them. I am a minister and I have seen the funeral processions with and without an escort and the potential for accidents are much higher without the police taking the procession through lights, etc.
This is not about safety, it is about doing what is right and proper and caring and really about $$$$. Springdale has ceased being a city that cares! How sad!

Posted by: SJW

January 22, 2013 at 8:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

To get a law contact a State rep or senator to introduce a bill. Now is the time while they are in session. I read the story and I doubt the numbers that are being thrown out there. As far as a near miss that happens everyday in Springdale whether there is funeral procession or not. They did 200 escorts last year and had no accidents according to there officer. So which is it accidents on every corner waiting to happen or no accidents because of the police escort. sounds like they need to rethink this one.

Posted by: troutjig

January 22, 2013 at 9:52 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

What about checking with the county to do escorts? More officers and a greater chance that they could ask off duty officers to cover and block traffic. Include some of the costs in to the cost of the overall funeral.

Posted by: dridenoure

January 22, 2013 at 10:26 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Funeral processions are dangerous for all the oncoming and other traffic.
Save money, be safer. Just meet at the cemetery.

Posted by: krazo

January 22, 2013 at 10:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Perhaps the funeral homes could arrange to provide these escorts with off duty officers. This would be similar to utility companies paying off duty officers to provide traffic control with their marked vehicles. Some simple parameters could be set and if the funeral home felt an escort was necessary from a safety perspective, they could be allowed to utilize an appropriate number of off duty officers to perform the task safely and either pay the officers directly or reimburse the city for their expenses.

Posted by: superdave10

January 22, 2013 at 1:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Private funeral escort services are available in many cities. The drivers are trained in proper traffic management techniques and the vehicles have markings and flashing lights in accordance with state and local laws and ordinances. It seems a likely business opportunity, as death is a growth industry.

Posted by: AlphaCat

January 22, 2013 at 2:04 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Why don't we just put the dead in a plastic bag on the curb and the trash can pick them up; thats the safest way to go. (pun intended) It's about honor. Let me look in my crystal ball. Ah, I see a bigger budget, more officers, police escorts for funerals, and something else, (what is it, its not clear) wait a minute its clearing up; I see it now! HIGHER TAXES!

"A city or nation that does not honor its dead is just as dead as those they fail to honor."---ME

Posted by: JailBird

January 22, 2013 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sprouse says it a safety issue, the Police Chief said it was a manpower and liability issue, which is it ? These two can't even get their story together. The man who owns a very old funeral home in Springdale is also on the police departments civil service commission . Something sounds funny about this whole thing. The police department has been doing escorts for over 40 years and none of what these two are saying has been true. There has never been a accident, law suit or manpower shortage. The people have a right to know what is really behind this stupid change.

Posted by: rummy

January 22, 2013 at 4:22 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Funeral processions would be like following the school bus. some people will stop and wait like they should when you still have that few that will try to go around and not care about the safety of others or the law.

Posted by: oldrustynut

January 23, 2013 at 4:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Well it looks like the mayor has made his decision and there will be no more escorts. That is till Mr Big Wig dies and his family wants one. Then we will see if there will be anymore escorts, if so I think there will be a problem for the fine mayor. But as we know in society favoritism always wins out. Why Springdale was built on it!

Posted by: troutjig

January 23, 2013 at 5:44 a.m. ( | suggest removal )