Escort Halt Questioned

Police Officers Say Funeral Processions Would Be Unsafe

Posted: January 23, 2013 at 5 a.m.

A lengthy discussion at Tuesday’s City Council and committee meetings created no changes in the decision to stop police escorts for funeral processions.

Funeral Escorts

Mark Hayes, General Counsel for the Arkansas Municipal League, said he was asked by Springdale officials about liability issues with funeral escorts. The city could have liability problems, he said. Arkansas doesn't give right of way to a funeral procession, he said. Only when an officer present at a traffic signal or stop sign waves a vehicle through can the driver not obey the device.

SOURCE: Arkansas Municipal League

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I was under the impression that police and fire departments had available to them the capability to change traffic signals by some remote means...is that not so? If it is, then this conversation would be moot.

Posted by: Jim_Huffman

January 23, 2013 at 5:42 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

True, O so true. But the issue is taxes, not safety.

Posted by: JailBird

January 23, 2013 at 6:36 p.m. ( | suggest removal )