2005 Arizona Revised Statutes - Revised Statutes §28-776  Funeral procession right‑of‑way; funeral escort vehicles; certification; fee; definition

A. Pedestrians and the operators of all vehicles, except emergency vehicles, shall yield the right-of-way to each vehicle that is a part of a funeral procession being led by a funeral escort vehicle. The driver of the funeral escort vehicle may direct the drivers of other vehicles in the procession to proceed through any intersection or to make turns or other movements, and the other vehicles may continue to follow and make the turns or other movements as are made by or as directed by the driver of the funeral escort vehicle notwithstanding any traffic control device prescribed by statute or local ordinance, except that a driver of a vehicle in the funeral procession shall not exceed the posted speed limit and shall exercise reasonable and prudent care to avoid colliding with any other vehicle or pedestrian on the roadway. Each vehicle in a funeral procession shall have its headlights lighted.

B. A driver of a funeral escort vehicle who is certified pursuant to subsection D of this section may direct and control the drivers of vehicles in a funeral procession and any other vehicle in or approaching any intersection to stop, proceed or make the turns or other movements as required without regard to any traffic control device prescribed by statute or local ordinance. Funeral escort vehicles may exceed the speed limit by fifteen miles per hour when overtaking processions to direct traffic at the next intersection. A funeral escort vehicle shall be equipped with at least one lighted lamp exhibiting a red or red and blue light or lens visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of the vehicle.

C. The sheriff in each county shall register funeral escort vehicles and issue an identification sticker or plate that is affixed to the vehicle in order to identify the vehicle as a funeral escort vehicle. When acting as a funeral escort, the driver of a properly equipped and registered funeral escort vehicle has all of the rights and privileges of a driver of an authorized emergency vehicle proceeding to an emergency call as provided under section 28-624.

D. The sheriff in each county may certify any person who holds at least a valid class D driver license issued by this state as a certified driver of a funeral escort vehicle if the person:

1. Completes a training program in motor vehicle safety and traffic control safety as prescribed by the sheriff.

2. Pays the fee that is prescribed by the sheriff for the program and that does not exceed the cost of the program.

E. For the purposes of this section, "funeral procession" means two or more vehicles accompanying the body of a deceased person, including a funeral escort vehicle registered by the sheriff.

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