I was always taught that it was respectful and common courtesy to pull over and wait for a funeral procession to pass. I have noticed in the past that some folks are not as courteous.

But what is the law concerning cutting into a funeral procession if it is driving down the street in Sioux Falls?

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The South Dakota legislature addressed that very topic in the 2020 session. The short answer is NO you can not legally cut into a funeral procession. More specifically SD Bill 1077 states that the following provisions apply to any motor vehicle not in a funeral procession when approaching or being approached by a funeral procession:

  • The operator of a motor vehicle not in a funeral procession may not drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral procession while those vehicles are in motion unless authorized to do so by a law enforcement officer.
  • The operator of a motor vehicle not in a funeral procession may not pass the vehicles in a funeral procession on any two-lane highway or roadway.
  • The operator of a motor vehicle not in a funeral procession may pass a funeral procession on the left on any highway having two or more lanes traveling in the same direction as the procession if the passing can be done safely.
  • If the funeral procession is in the farthest left lane, the operator may pass a procession on the right if the passing can be done safely.
  • If a funeral procession is proceeding through a red signal as permitted the operator of a motor vehicle not in the funeral procession may not enter the intersection unless the operator can do so without crossing the path of the funeral procession.

A violation of any provision in this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

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