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Poor driving habits

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Despite the high cost of operating a vehicle, we seem to have more cars on the road than ever. And we all see examples of poor driving habits.

It seems many drivers don’t understand the concept of the four-lane limited access road, which is patterned after Germany’s Autobahn. In this system, the right lane is for slower traffic, and the left land is for faster traffic. Many drivers don’t know or don’t care that you’re supposed to move into the right lane if a car come up behind you in the left lane.

These drivers will pay a cost if they block the flow of faster traffic in Georgia, however. The Georgia House of Representatives approved a $75 fine on people who drive below the speed limit in the left lane. We think this bill ought to become the law in Georgia.

Georgia’s new Move-Over Law is already on the books. It requires drivers to move-over for emergency vehicles stopped on the side of the highway. Thirty states have adopted this rule to keep officers and traffic violators safe from collisions with passing cars. And this law carries a fine that will REALLY lighten your wallet: $500.

It’s unfortunate that these laws are needed, but we support both. In a time when some drivers are seen eating, talking on cell phones, even texting while operating a three-thousand pound vehicle traveling 60 or 70 mph, we need to make sure that we make our roadways as safe as we can.

Georgia music talent shows

First it was Douglas native Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland fame and now it’s Leesburg’s Luke Bryan. South Georgia continues to produce world-class talents in the music industry.

We are used to south Georgians doing well in the music biz; most notably Ray Charles and Ray Stevens, but the torch has been passed to this newest generation of young musicians who are taking the country music industry by storm. It was so heartwarming to hear Bryan send a “shout out” to his fellow Lee Countians, back at home in Georgia, during his acceptance speech at the recent Country Music Awards.

Luke received his first guitar at the age of 14 and hasn’t forgotten those who have been rooting for him and encouraging him throughout the years!  As his father stated, he’s about to really take off. Grammy and CMA award-winning Nettles, who has appeared on Oprah, The Tonight Show and Sesame Street continues to do south Georgia proud, as well.

Hopefully, both artists are serving as inspirations to those who have dreams, are willing to work towards reaching those dreams, and don’t forget the amazing hometown fans who have encouraged and cheered them onto the world stage. We’re proud of you!!

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