Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Young drivers make mistakes quickly

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American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver’s license age than at voting age.

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– Marshall McLuhan

AAA sent me a news release this week prodding my awareness to the medical dangers of senior driving.

The auto club warns that two-thirds of people 65 and older take five or more daily medications that can affect driving ability, and sometimes that can cause problems.

They even offered a Web site where you can review your medical status and find out (surprise!) that tranquilizers, narcotic pain pills, sleep medicines, some antidepressants, cough medicines, antihistamines and even decongestants can affect your driving.

I appreciated the heads-up, but I have to be honest, I am not so concerned about old people driving. Usually they’re slow, and I can adjust for that.

No, what worries me is younger people driving.

They make their mistakes faster, which means I have to respond more quickly.

Take the young woman who tailgated me for a couple of miles on Washington Road this week. She was close. So close I could almost read her lips as she talked on her cell phone. Finally, she found an opening in the right lane, swung into it and gunned the engine so she could pass me and the car in front of me and beat us to the next red light where we all got to stop and wait for a minute.

Because I had spotted her “Educator” tag as she passed, I took time to reflect on what she might teach.

I doubt it’s patience.

HALL OF FAME: I have been asked to remind everyone of the Academy of Richmond County Hall of Fame induction dinner planned for Oct. 4 at Fat Man’s Mill Cafe at Enterprise Mill.

Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. affair are available at Fat Man’s Mill Cafe or at Surrey Center Pharmacy – $30 each.

Inductees are Pat Dye, Jaquelin Marshall, Jimmie Dyess, Frank Hull, Carl Sanders, Frank Inman, A.L. Williams, Dr. Bennie Ward, Judy Woodruff, Joseph Lamar, James Longstreet and “Spec” Towns.

If you’d like to see a photo slideshow of these stellar achievers, I have one: chronicle.augusta.com/slideshow/arc-hall-fame.

TODAY’S JOKE: Jim Hope, of Sylvania, shares this one:

A little old lady sold pretzels on a street corner for 25 cents each. Every day a young man would leave his office building at lunch time and, as he passed her pretzel stand, he would leave her a quarter, but would never take a pretzel.

This went on for more than five years. They never spoke.

One day as the man passed the old lady’s pretzel stand and left his quarter as usual, the pretzel woman spoke to him,

“Sir, I appreciate your business. You are a good customer, but I have to tell you that the pretzel price has increased to 35 cents.”

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