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Motorcycle escorts are key to keeping a funeral procession in good order as mourners make their way from service to cemetery. It is all about safety. Riders are counted out per numbers of cars in the procession; one per 10 is a handy rule of thumb. Among duties are mapping a best route, distributing placards to mark cars in the procession, and looking official and respectful, usually through uniforms.
Motorcycle escort riders, who might have served public safety forces such as police or fire, are trained to specifications certified by California Highway Patrol. They are tested often on bike skills. Despite the idea, escorting funeral processions is dangerous. When needed, riders speed alongside procession cars to reach and secure intersections to allow the mourners through. Motorists not involved in the procession can be inattentive, disrespectful, or ignorant of traffic laws about funeral processions.
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