... when there is a funeral procession it is a form of RESPECT to pull over and allow them to pass. You should stay there on the side of the road until the last car has passed and only then is it appropriate to return to what you are doing. It most cases this will only take a minute or two and if you're already late at least now you'll have an excuse to give. This short interuption to your trip gives you time to think about your own mortality. Just because you have a green light and theirs might be red does not mean that you have the right to try to cut them off!
It's called RESPECT people. Show it.
*getting down from her soap box*
Today after our off-site staff meeting I decided to make a quick stop at the bank. As I approach a south bound red light I see a cop car in the west bound lane. She sounds her horn and has her lights going. I quickly realized that she was stopping traffic for a funeral procession. This did not irritate me. I am all for showing respect to people who have just lost their loved ones because I expect them to show me respect when I loose mine. And while sitting there I had the chance to observe the oncoming traffic to the funeral procession. While the light was red they were very respectful, they couldn't go anyway, but as soon as that light turned green they were off. They didn't need to get out of anyone's way I'm sure they thought. And this one car actually tried to cut off part of the funeral procession by making a left hand turn! I was appalled to say the least! But then I remembered back at Thanksgiving when my own grandfather died and a green minivan tried to pull the same stunt on me. Oh did I lay into my horn and flash my lights at them... I was pissed. Its not like there were a lot of people in my grandfather's procession either, a whopping 7 or 8 cars. Did this minivan totally miss the hearse?
I despise disrespectful people!