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Driver needs to show respect to funeral processions

By Victoria Advocate
June 22, 2013 at 1:22 a.m.
Updated June 24, 2013 at 1:24 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I have to commend most of the city of Victoria for showing respect to a passing funeral procession. Today, I was in a lengthy procession that traveled across the city. As we passed down Laurent Street, after we crossed the intersection with the Port Lavaca Highway, I noticed a blue PT cruiser literally racing beside me. He didn't have a clue that he needed to pull over and show the procession respect. It occurred to me to roll down my passenger window and say something, but why go down to that level in this life?

As we approached North Street, the officer escorting the procession blocked his lane to stop traffic, and I thought, OK - he will figure this out when he sees the police car. Nope! He stopped behind the officer's car, waited, and when the officer sped forward to stop traffic on the Houston Highway, here he came, faster than ever, turning a blind eye to the funeral procession. I wondered if he was part of the procession and was just trying to catch up to someone to let him in. But later, I didn't see him at the church. He then turned on his right turn signal and stopped again behind the office's car, impatiently waiting to be able to turn right.

I know who you are because I ran your license plate. I was wondering what was so darned important that you couldn't stop and show respect to the procession. I know that you and your wife grew up in a generation that taught respect because you are as old as I am. Yes, I could see that, too, when I ran your license plate.

Just you wait; you will be old some day, and we will be watching for your funeral procession. Will we behave as you and your wife did? No. We were raised better!

Sharon Nancie Alkek, Victoria

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