Residents upset after Vernal city officials end police aid for funeral processions

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Aug. 6, 2014 1:46 p.m.

    No policemen for stopping traffic at traffic lights for funeral processions?

    Tacky, not to mention that it is not being respectful of the family and friends of the individual who passed away.

    The family and friends don't want to sit and wait at a traffic light. Would you? They want to get to the cemetary so they can get to the next step of their grieving; the burial at the cemetary.

    I have a hard time believing that a few police officers to stop traffic is a major burden for very many cities, certainly not one the size of Vernal.

    Just sayin'....

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:34 p.m.

    If funeral procession participants observe traffic laws and if local citizens see the procession and let it pass then everyone wins.

  • Flashback Kearns, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 12:22 p.m.

    It's called obey traffic laws. I haven't seen a police escort for any funeral that I've attended since 1972 here in Salt Lake. Except for big ones like cop funerals or GA funerals.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 10:20 a.m.

    So...basically Vernal is now like just about every other city in Utah (and the country) where the average funeral doesn't get a police escort. I don't see why people are so upset about this. I understand wanting to show respect for the dead, but in most cases people are only pulling over for a funeral procession that's escorted because the police have their lights on and it's required by law. I don't expect the police to stop traffic for the hearse hauling my corpse to the cemetery.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 6, 2014 9:26 a.m.

    To say nothing of the cost of pay for the officers.

    I wonder how many of the people demanding police for funerals are among those who shout for cutting government spending?

  • dwalk Albuquerque, NM
    Aug. 6, 2014 6:43 a.m.

    "City officials have not ruled out the possibility of providing traffic control for unusually large funerals where "special circumstances" make stopping traffic necessary for public safety. In those cases, however, prior approval would be required."
    In other words; We reserve the right to do what we want when our own relatives, or our government employees and/or Police Officers want assistance for funerals.