Was part of a funeral procession, this afternoon. A good friend passed. He was a retired military verteran and was buried in the Verterans Cemetery west of town. We had left the church in Manhattan, headed west on Ft. Riley Blvd. RCPD officers were at intersections, allowing the procession to safely pass. Near the Richards Drive interesection… what we call the “Old Holidome” intersection… a shiney new black Caddilac blew past on the left side of the procession. As we neared the exit ramp to Seth Childs, this idiot crossed from the left hand land… skimming between the hearse and the RCPD car leading the procession… and exited onto Seth Childs. Immediately another RCPD vehicle came past on the right, lights flashing, and pulled the black Caddy over. Hopefully, the driver’s billfold is much lighter due to his/her “opportunity to contribute” to our Municipal Court system!!!!
Some of the relatives were from the Pittsburgh, PA area. At dinner, tonight, this black Caddy was one of the topics of conversation. First, the folks commented about how respectful so many were as they stopped while the procession passed. However, all noticed the Caddy getting stopped and were unanimous in hoping he/she spent this month’s car payment on traffic fines.
This afternoon was a great experience with a full military burial. Soldiers in their dress uniforms acting as pall bearers. 21 gun salute. A tear-jerking rendition of taps from a bugle. The color guard/pall bearers folding the coffin flag and presenting it to the family. All of this could well have been marred by some jerk driving like an idiot and hurting someone. The procession he was cutting through carried the body of a gentleman who spent 24 years defending his/her right to act like the spoiled brat he/she is. To bad those whose ego and driving habits aren’t respectful of a veteran being laid to rest. And… THANKS!!, RCPD for at least giving those who mourn the passing of a loved one the “blessing” of witnessing the efficiency of one of your traffic offiicers.