Amends GS 20-157.1 to add definitions of funeral director and funeral establishment. Also amend the definition of funeral procession to reference a funeral establishment instead of funeral home.
Provides that when the lead vehicle in a funeral procession has lawfully progressed across an intersection, all vehicles in the procession may proceed through the intersection without stopping (removes requirement that progression be in accordance with the traffic control sign or signal).
Gives a funeral procession the right of way at intersections regardless of traffic control signs or signals, except that the operator of any vehicle in a procession must yield the right of way to emergency vehicles giving appropriate warning, and must yield the right of way when directed to do so by a law enforcement officer.
Provides that a funeral director, funeral establishment, or any of their employees or agents are not liable for any death, personal injury, or property damage resulting from, caused by, or arising from any action or inaction of an operator of a vehicle in a funeral procession if (i) the funeral procession was operating in accordance with the provisions of this section or (ii) the funeral procession would have been operating in accordance with the provisions of this section but for a negligent act or omission in the operation of one or more vehicles in the funeral procession. Specifies instances when a vehicle operator is deemed to be an agent of the funeral director or establishment.
Effective December 1, 2015, applying to offenses committed on or after that date and to death, personal injury, or property damage occurring on or after that date.
Bill H 422 (2015-2016)Summary date: Mar 31 2015 - View summary