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Tennessee town limits length of funeral procession

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CLARKSVILLE, TN (AP) - The Clarksville Police Department is limiting the number of vehicles in funeral processions to six. That includes the hearse. 

According to a Clarksville newspaper, a change in department policy this week specifies that any procession led by a city police officer will have a clearly marked final vehicle. Mourners driving behind it must obey traffic signals and are not considered part of the procession. 

In a statement announcing the policy change, police said one patrol unit will be assigned per funeral and the limit on the number of vehicles is to ensure public safety. 

Police Chief Al Ansley said off-duty officers can be hired as escorts for longer processions and there are also private companies that provide escort services for funerals.  

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