Man with 22 suspensions arrested for driving past funeral proce...

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An upstate man driving with 22 license suspensions was arrested Thursday evening after he sped past the procession for a Brooklyn firefighter from Long Island who drowned in Lake Tahoe while trying to save his ...

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wordygurdy

Coram, NY

#1 Jul 25, 2008
I'm guessing the town of Walton won't miss him much.
W T F

Wayne, NJ

#2 Jul 25, 2008
What a loser... On top of getting caught for passing the procession - he lies and says he knows the deceased - 22 suspensions - why is this moron still behind a wheel?
MCR

Sunnyside, NY

#4 Jul 25, 2008
I camp up in Walton every January - it is a sleepy little town, full of inbreds and quiet hunters and unemployed Kraft food folks

Ya think this guy would drive a bit more carefully with 22 suspensions, huh?

Just goes to show you - licensing is given away to anyone and traffic enforcment and traffic fines are a JOKE

NY State should pass sweeping legislation and make moving violations mean something - hit them where it hurts - thousands of dollars in fines from the first infraction!

These poor slobs wouldn't have money to drive
George

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Jul 25, 2008
Why haven't we executed this guy yet?
How about a good public hanging?
NY to VA

Charlottesville, VA

#6 Jul 25, 2008
First of all why wasn't this man put in jail for all the suspensions?
It is to my understanding that you can not break into a line that is a funeral procession but that does not mean you can not pass one if you are in another lane. If passing one is against the law then everyone who drives in N Y and else where could be fined if not arrested. I,myself have passed one but never cut into one.
When a family member of mine passed away the director said he would be getting out of the lead limo to stop traffic so we could all turn from the main street into the side one and when asked if what he was doing was legal,he said that most people respect the funeral cars, but it not a written law.
I am not defending the guilty person.
I also understand that it is against the law for funeral cars to go thru red lights. Could someone with true knowledge of the law fill me in? Thank You
long islander

New York, NY

#7 Jul 25, 2008
I didnt know it was illegal to drive around a procession..I can see if it is police escorted one you may get into trouble for passing it....but basically for anyone else it's just common courtesy to not get in their way but is it illegal to pass them?..I love the titles of these articles making you believe he was arrested soley for that..he was arrested because he had a suspended license and was driving erratically.
wordygurdy

Coram, NY

#8 Jul 25, 2008
Sloppy Stools wrote:
Funeral procession is a buch of ****. I hate funeral processions and pass them all the time. I could care less whether you are deceased cop, firefighter, President of the free world. There is no reason to drive slow with a parade of cars behind in the center lane and slow traffic down. It should be a law that funeral processions need to stay in the right or slow lane. Let everyone else on the road get to where they need to go and don't need to get delayed by a stupid funeral procession.
No doubt you've already told YOUR relatives to just incinerate you & put you in a BJs-sized Folger's coffee can.
Road Warrior

Chicago, IL

#9 Jul 25, 2008
It comes down to one thing, respect. You would want some reverance shown to your family in its time of sorrow. This guy was a complete idiot and showed no compassion for the greaving family or for the fallen hero. This guy should have the book thrown at him and take away his driving previliages,
Mike Savage

Bronx, NY

#10 Jul 25, 2008
Firefighters and cops are a bunch of pompous zealots when it comes to their personal vanity. If this were a regular funeral nothing would have happened.

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also

Fairfield, CT

#11 Jul 25, 2008
wordygurdy wrote:
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No doubt you've already told YOUR relatives to just incinerate you & put you in a BJs-sized Folger's coffee can.
Then toss him in the left lane of the LIE so his ashes will scatter faster and no one has to go around him.
Steve B

Smithtown, NY

#12 Jul 25, 2008
Why must the roads be clogged up and even blocked for someone who can't swim?
Steve B

Smithtown, NY

#14 Jul 25, 2008
Road Warrior wrote:
It comes down to one thing, respect. You would want some reverance shown to your family in its time of sorrow. This guy was a complete idiot and showed no compassion for the greaving family or for the fallen hero. This guy should have the book thrown at him and take away his driving previliages,
grieving
L I Firefighter

New York, NY

#15 Jul 25, 2008
Illegal to speed on the LIE, YES. Illegal to pass a funeral procession; show me the law. Funeral processions are inherently dangerous; motorists driving in the procession tailgate at high speed passing law abiding drivers on both the left and right. Or the procession travels in a traffic lane at a dangerously slow speed. Approaching exits, the procession moves en masse towards the ramp. With no disrespect to the deceased, if a person does not warrant a high speed police escort while living, it should not be provided at their funeral. The funeral director should give all attendees maps and directions with the advice; drive safe and we will meet at the destination.
Lawman Pete

Clifton, NJ

#16 Jul 25, 2008
It is not against the law to cut
in, drive around or drive through
a funeral procession. It is simply
courteous not to.
Of course, if there is a police
escort the rules change - you must
do as you are told.
But then again, who does that anymore?
OH No not again

AOL

#17 Jul 25, 2008
Road Warrior wrote:
It comes down to one thing, respect. You would want some reverance shown to your family in its time of sorrow. This guy was a complete idiot and showed no compassion for the greaving family or for the fallen hero. This guy should have the book thrown at him and take away his driving previliages,
His priviledges were taken away, 22 times! Now they need to take his car away, and if he is caught with someone elses car, take theirs away as well.
sHORT bUS bOB

Lindenhurst, NY

#18 Jul 25, 2008
Seriously. I didn't know that you can't pass a Funeral Procession. You learn something new every Day.
THE FRITO BANDITO

Patchogue, NY

#19 Jul 25, 2008
Sloppy Stools wrote:
Funeral procession is a buch of ****. I hate funeral processions and pass them all the time. I could care less whether you are deceased cop, firefighter, President of the free world. There is no reason to drive slow with a parade of cars behind in the center lane and slow traffic down. It should be a law that funeral processions need to stay in the right or slow lane. Let everyone else on the road get to where they need to go and don't need to get delayed by a stupid funeral procession.
Hey Stupid; Why don't you tell your family that when you die put your ashes in an envelope and mail you somewhere. That way you won't get caught in traffic. Dumber than a stump.
THE FRITO BANDITO

Patchogue, NY

#20 Jul 25, 2008
Mike Savage wrote:
Firefighters and cops are a bunch of pompous zealots when it comes to their personal vanity. If this were a regular funeral nothing would have happened.
God forbid; if your house catches fire or your kid stops breathing call your Momma.
SIck of It All

Valhalla, NY

#21 Jul 25, 2008
Great job Newsday. This should not have been a story. The guy was driving erratically,and had multiple suspensions, so he was ticketed. If this was any other funeral procession on Long Island you would not have heard a peep about this. If anything, you would have read that a man was caught driving with 22 suspensions. But instead, Newsday figures out how to tie in the drowned Firefighter (RIP) to make the story more sensational.
Journalism at it's finest!
Guilty

Sharon, CT

#22 Jul 25, 2008
Passing a Funeral procession is NOT a traffic violation and although cutting into or through one is BAD FORM and ill mannered, it is NOT against the law. Problem is the extension of professional courtesy... the misapplication of police powers, blocking traffic or lanes on a highway to prevent passing vehicles is a problem and should not be tolerated... doesn't matter who's in the hearse. With the exception of heads of state...lol...

Thats said, it is a sad story about the hero dad... God Bless his soul and condolences to his family.

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