I attended the funeral of my cousin a while back. It was held at a small Baptist church in the middle of farming country here in the rural part of Florida. As the funeral procession drove from the church to the cemetery, I would estimate that about 1 out of every 3 or 4 vehicles pulled to the side of the road and stopped out of respect.
This used to be the standard response to seeing a funeral procession, but it is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. Part of the reason is that with the steady increase of urban and suburban sprawl, it is often simply not safe to stop at the side of the road. Stopping where it would create a hazard is not showing respect for the dead – it is showing disrespect for the living. I really believe that the number of people doing this as a sign of respect would greatly increase if they only knew about it. I know that I have been guilty of not stopping for a funeral procession before I really became aware of this, so I’m not really faulting those that didn’t stop. It is no longer common knowledge. We need to try to make it so.