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Funeral whackers

Discussion in 'Whacker Sightings' started by USMCTrooper, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. USMCTrooper

    USMCTrooper Grim reaper

    It began a few years then tapered off, but in the last month I have come across 2 funeral cars with flashing corner strobes and purple strobe lights (they look red in daytime) "stopping" traffic at intersections to let the procession through the red light. One was even angled across the road.

    NO - you do not block the intersection.

    NO - you cannot have purple lights.

    NO - you can never, never, never, have flashing white strobes.

    Don't give me this crap about "well that's the way the cars come delivered nowadays". Two companies around Boston were identified as installing these lights illegally for you people.

    Stick to your purple and orange roof flags and hazard lights. It worked well for decades.
  2. justanotherparatrooper

    justanotherparatrooper Pissin' in liberals cheerio's for 40 years :) Staff Member

    They gotta get em in the ground quick before they wake up:rolleyes:
    ....minutes count
  3. 47turksinajar

    47turksinajar MassCops Member

    Who really gives a shit? Most of the funeral directors that I have had to deal with are very respectful having their cars looking sharp maybe with clear strobes. But they drive nice and slow and people don't usually have a problem with it.
    But I don't live in the city, but lets have a little empathy for the people EH!
  4. rg1283

    rg1283 MassCops Member

    The purple lights are just wackerish. There is simply no reason for anything beyond maybe some discreetly placed strobes and even that is pushing it... since its a hearse a big for all intensive purposes station wagon that is very hard to miss so it shouldn't need any lights.
  5. 47turksinajar

    47turksinajar MassCops Member

    except that the hearse is usually the second or third car..
  6. TopCop24

    TopCop24 Working in the land of misfit toys

    That's why they should hire an escort detail
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  7. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    I just saw one of those Purple Light Parades for the first time the other day.

    For whatever reason, all I could think of was that it looked like some sort of twisted, urban Halloween Hay Ride? :skull:

    Either way, I think it's gonna be a dead issue for most people. :unsure:
  8. niteowl1970

    niteowl1970 Moderator Staff Member

    Imagine what this funeral precession looked like.

  9. MetrowestPD

    MetrowestPD MassCops Member

    Maybe because I've been to too many funerals (both personal and professional) but I am not upset at any of the funeral mv's having some lights. No ones going to mistake them for LEO's. I can't count the times someone has cut through a funeral procession I have been in.

    Before commenting think about if it was your mother, father, brother, sister, husband, wife or any close relative or friend, would you care if the funeral car had lights. Especially, if those lights stop some insensitive ass from cutting into the procession.

    I feel the reason the funeral cars may have the lights is because the lack of respect shown for funerals. There is no worse time to be disrespectful.

    I may stand alone in this, however I would never require a detail for a funeral procession no matter how large. Some things you just do without thought of compensation.
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  10. 47turksinajar

    47turksinajar MassCops Member

    agreed, I mean when they start buying old crown vics, and mount light bars on them. THEN AND ONLY THEN will I give a shit
  11. grn3charlie

    grn3charlie Yeah, THAT GUY!

    Those actions burn me to no end. Yeah, some processions can be long, but, if those same jerks were in the procession, they would be the first to bitch.
  12. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    [FONT=""][COLOR=""][SIZE=""][FONT=""][COLOR=""][SIZE=""]In NH it's the law

    Traffic Safety Reminder, October 26, 2007 - Division of State Police, NH DOS

    II. All vehicles comprising a funeral procession shall follow the preceding vehicle in the funeral procession as closely as is practical and safe. Each vehicle of the funeral procession shall be appropriately marked by having funeral flags or windshield signage, and headlights, taillights, and, if so equipped, hazard flasher on. A funeral escort or funeral lead vehicle shall use and be equipped with a purple flashing or emergency light. [/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT]
  13. Goose

    Goose The list is long but distinguished. Staff Member

    Well, that's all fine and dandy. This is a conversation about MASSACHUSETTS on MASSCOPS. If you can't register and you can't add anything constructive, shut your piehole.

    ---------- Post added at 16:20 ---------- Previous post was at 16:19 ----------

    Welcome back...where have you been all these years?
  14. ShmitDiesel

    ShmitDiesel Radio

    That’s for New Hampshire, this is Massachusetts, hence the MASScops

    Edit, Frank beet me to it.
  15. HistoryHound

    HistoryHound Supporting Member

    I have been in more than one funeral procession where some jackass has decided to cut in. I prefer the lights over my passenger leaning out the window screaming at the shirtless biker who cut into her grandmother's funeral procession.
  16. j809

    j809 Subscribing Member

    Hire a detail
  17. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    That is a noble concept, but unless I'm a relative, friend or family friend of the deceased working the funeral by choice, my spirit of volunteerism is saved for my kids' sports team activities and their extra curricular school events.

    Logistically speaking, many funeral details I've worked require the escort procession to travel through multiple municipalities.

    Even with the best of planning, prior notification to each city/town, and proper personnel assigned, these things can be challenging to coordinate and difficult to execute without some adversity along the way.

    Is there anyone else in the burial process you would ask to provide their services pro bono or gratis... The mortician, the florist, musician/vocalist, priest/rabbi, cemetery groundskeeper?

    Now that's what I call putting the FUN back in FUNERAL! :tounge_smile:
  18. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    The only time I could see strobes on a hearse beneficial is if you're doing a transport and you hear movement in the back seat. I'd drive like hell too.
  19. jettsixx

    jettsixx Had enough

    Well in Canada we..................oh nevermind.
  20. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

  21. USM C-2

    USM C-2 MassCops Member

    I never thought about it much, but back in the day we would do funeral escorts if a home told us they had a particularly large funeral going on. Generally it was a short detail, maybe 15 or 20 minutes.

    Now here in the South, the city PD does them several times a day... really! Their motor unit handles them and there appears to be little or no notice required, from what I hear on their Alpha channel. Certainly doesn't seem like they are getting reimbursed for it.
  22. LGriffin

    LGriffin Always Watching

    Hey, i'm the first one to support the detail trail but it costs enough for loved ones get someone in the ground these days without that additional pinch. Let the poor bastids have their lights if it makes the rest of their sucky jobs a little brighter. They should use green lights like mall security or The Green Lantern.

    Ultimately, once again, the real issue lies with our decaying society who has no respect for themselves, never mind others. If you're on patrol and see a scumbag cross the procession, gig em til' it feels good. It's good PR too.
  23. j809

    j809 Subscribing Member

    I assume there must be some serious liability on the funeral home's part if they get in a crash, especially when they could have hired a police detail motorcycle etc to assist.
  24. GARDA

    GARDA Subscribing Member

    That's not gonna get old for a while :teeth_smile:.

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  25. cc3915

    cc3915 MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Glad he stood his ground. Those initial offers are bullshite.

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