Sometimes in the news business, we get people who complain about all the negative news in the paper. I’m one of the reporters for whom that’s my bread-and-butter. I’m a crime or “day cops” reporter, so I cover a lot of fires, accidents and shootings.
But on Tuesday, I had the opportunity to do one of those rarely-seen positive stories. I was sent to the York Expo Center for the Prime of Life event — specifically, a first-of-its kind mature driving competition.
The competition, put on by the York Area Highway Safety Council, the Center for Traffic Safety, and other local agencies and organizations, is a great idea.
In a course designed by the Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, seniors are judged on their driving accuracy and intelligence. There’s also two other tests — written and perception.
Being there at the competition, I wondered if someone exhibited decreased skills, would the cops just take their license on-the-spot? I didn’t see anything like that happen, but wasn’t able to ask if it would, given the circumstances.
In all, it seemed like everybody had a great time, with the mood light and jovial. Nobody likes to think about getting old and losing skills, so it’s great that there are others who are concerned as well.