HOUSE BILL NO. 4660

April 20, 2021, Introduced by Reps. Bezotte, Wozniak, Paquette, Wakeman, Mueller, Martin, Roth, Clements, Aiyash, Meerman, Breen, Beson, Filler, Yaroch and Whitsett and referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform.

A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

"Michigan vehicle code,"

by amending sections 654 and 698a (MCL 257.654 and 257.698a).

the people of the state of michigan enact:

Sec. 654. (1) A motor vehicle forming part of a funeral procession, when going to a place of burial, shall have has the right of way over all other vehicles, except fire apparatus, ambulances, and police patrol vehicles, at a street or highway intersection within this state if the vehicle in the funeral procession displays meets both of the following requirements:

(a) Displays a flag which shall be that is fluorescent orange in color, and upon on which shall be is printed, stamped, or stained a black cross, the star of David, or the crescent and star. The lead vehicle and the last vehicle in the funeral procession may carry an additional flag. The flags shall must not contain a name embossed or printed on the flag, except the word "funeral".

(b) Activates the hazard warning lights described in section 698a or the flashing, rotating, or oscillating purple or amber lights described in section 698(5)(g).

(2) A person passing through a funeral procession of motor vehicles, designated pursuant to subsection (1), with a vehicle of any kind, is responsible for a civil infraction.

Sec. 698a. (1) Any A vehicle may be equipped with lamps which that may be used for the purpose of warning to warn the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking, or passing, and when so equipped may display such that warning in addition to any other warning signals required by this act. The lamps used to display such the warning to the front shall must be mounted at the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable, and shall must display simultaneously flashing white or amber lights, or any shade of color between white and amber. The lamps used to display such the warning to the rear shall must be mounted at the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable, and shall must show simultaneously flashing amber or red lights, or any shade of color between amber and red. These hazard warning lights shall must be visible from a distance of not less than 500 feet under normal atmospheric conditions at night.

(2) A vehicle engaged in leading or escorting a funeral procession or any vehicle that is part of a funeral procession may activate the hazard warning lights described in subsection (1) during the funeral procession.

Enacting section 1. This amendatory act takes effect 90 days after the date it is enacted into law.