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Old 10-17-2013, 06:54 PM   #16
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That could've been really bad... Glad the bikes were on the shoulder.

But, it takes a special kind of asshole to intentionally cross into on coming traffic just because someone did'nt stop for the funeral procession. I guess I'm old school because I still pull off, and sometimes remove my helmet depending on how many friends the deceased has.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:56 AM   #17
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But, it takes a special kind of asshole to intentionally cross into on coming traffic
I was in the middle of nowhere, Utah on a stretch of hiway 50 that went through some small farm towns. Speed limit 45 AFAIK, and twice within 10 miles, cop cars swerved across the double yellow straight at me, scaring the crap out of me. I figured out later that that they were probably trying to get a read on my beemer with their shitty radar (I was not speeding). Made me dive for the shoulder out of shear terror both times, though. I wonder if they play chicken with semis, as well?
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:56 AM   #18
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But, it takes a special kind of asshole to intentionally cross into on coming traffic just because someone did'nt stop for the funeral procession. I guess I'm old school because I still pull off, and sometimes remove my helmet depending on how many friends the deceased has.
I looked again, no hearses, no cops blocking traffic. How would anyone know it was a funeral procession? Looks like a long line of cars blocked in by some slow ass hole to me.
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Old 10-19-2013, 09:31 PM   #19
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That could've been really bad... Glad the bikes were on the shoulder.

But, it takes a special kind of asshole to intentionally cross into on coming traffic just because someone did'nt stop for the funeral procession. I guess I'm old school because I still pull off, and sometimes remove my helmet depending on how many friends the deceased has.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:22 PM   #20
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We have all probably been in the truck's situation, not seeing that everyone has stopped. Mostly we see it in time, but I have almost hit a few times, even on a bike. Usually it's during a head check to change lanes, look ahead again and they are all stopping. Going around would be my first choice if I found myself in the truck driver's position. Might or might not see the bike.
I have to disagree a bit here. What happened to the twelve second rule we all learned our first day in Motorcycle School? Before I ever rode my first bike, I'd look at the brake lights going on on the cars in front of the car in front of me and start tapping my brakes, waiting for the guy in front of me to get the picture. I'm not saying I'm perfect or anything; this just seems like common sense.

That guy in the black pickup wasn't doing any head check, setting up a lane change, that's for sure. He was distracted and driving too fast and he wasn't prepared to stop.

Glad you didn't end up being his bumper sandwich.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:30 AM   #21
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Why the heck should I come to a stop and pay homage to a funeral procession going the opposite direction I am. Just plain stupid and should be ticketed. I didnt know them or I would be in the procession, and quite frankly if you stopped and payed respect for every person that dies that you dont know you would never get anywhere, hundreds die every day in this county. I dont know than and it will not affect my life they are dead.

The guy on the bike was very lucky and the asshat at the front in the truck going into oncoming traffic should be heavily ticketed.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:45 PM   #22
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Quaint regional custom. I don't understand paying more respect to a dead person than was paid to them when they were living. Courtesy to the family, certainly.

In other parts of our country there are very few funerals any more. Memorial services are much more common. Funeral processions are something seen here only once every few years. I'm not going to stop for one unless they've hired a cop to direct traffic for them, and he directs me to stop.

Good to hear that it is now illegal in that state to block the highway for the procession. Pull off safely or proceed safely. The fool in the truck at the beginning of the line needs an expensive ticket.
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Old 10-21-2013, 03:55 PM   #23
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There's already been a thread or two devoted to this back when it first happened.

The underlying issue being the local custom of stopping when there is a funeral procession in the oncoming lane. Yes the driver of the truck that crashed wasn't paying attention, but I wouldn't have any clue either as to why somebody would just STOP in the lane on a clear road. The car that was rear-ended was asking for it by stopping IN THE LANE rather than pulling over like all the motorcycles did.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:35 PM   #24
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This is why I dont stop for school buses (I keed I keed)
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:42 PM   #25
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So who ended up being 'at fault' in this case? Were the truck AND the guy that stopped ticketed? I'm 44, grew up in Nevada/west coast and honestly have never even heard of stopping for a funeral unless they had an official escort actively doing traffic enforcement and I've only seen that a handful of times in my whole life. CA had specially assigned private guys on specially marked ex-cop bikes doing it.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:46 PM   #26
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:11 PM   #27
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The rear ender is always at fault,
That's not true actually. I had a guy swerve a few lanes and break check me. I fled and went straight to Highway patrol and filed report.

A few hours later he alleged a hit and run and rear ender. He was cited, I wasn't.

Same with the Range Rover in the NYC incident.

I also had a friend recently that was in a three car and was Pushed into another car. He was cited, but got off because he proved that he'd left enough space.

And lastly, even if he was cited for the accident, doesn't excuse the other guy from stopping unexpectedly.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:53 PM   #28
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I'm sure that my opinion won't be a popular one, but fuck that stupid rule of stopping oncoming traffic for a funeral procession. And, fuck overly cautious, uptight drivers who spook at the slightest irregularity on or near the road and stop.

The truck obviously should have been paying attention. But, I think an often overlooked threat to safety out there is ironically the drivers who are slowing down and stopping anytime something that would not otherwise be a concern happens.

I feel like a lot of accidents could be avoided by simply keeping traffic moving better. There are obviously times that stopping or slowing down is necessary. Unfortunately nervous Nellies and uptight sissies feel the need to slam on the brakes when they think they see a twitch out of the corner of their eye.


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Old 10-21-2013, 11:11 PM   #29
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I'm sure that my opinion won't be a popular one, but fuck that stupid rule of stopping oncoming traffic for a funeral procession. And, fuck overly cautious, uptight drivers who spook at the slightest irregularity on or near the road and stop.

The truck obviously should have been paying attention. But, I think an often overlooked threat to safety out there is ironically the drivers who are slowing down and stopping anytime something that would not otherwise be a concern happens.

I feel like a lot of accidents could be avoided by simply keeping traffic moving better. There are obviously times that stopping or slowing down is necessary. Unfortunately nervous Nellies and uptight sissies feel the need to slam on the brakes when they think they see a twitch out of the corner of their eye.


If the whole driving thing is scary to you, take the bus!
Like the guy that pulls 6 feet into your lane, stops and then looks at you like "oh shit are you gonna hit me or slow down!?"

They are already in the way, and then too stupid to figure out they need to gtf oughta the way!
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:45 AM   #30
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