WORD SEARCH April When you sit behind the wheel, your smartphone shouldn’t be joining you. If you need to make a call, use a hands-free Bluetooth headset. But the most responsible decision is to not use your phone at all until you have reached your destination. When we look down at the screen to send a text or read a post on Facebook, we take our attention from the road for around 4.6 seconds. If you think this doesn’t sound like very long, ask yourself if you would feel comfortable driving blindfolded across a football field at 55 mph. This is exactly what you do every time you take your eyes off the road. Texting, scrolling through social media, and watching online videos while driving costs lives every year. From 2014 to 2017, the number of people killed in Georgia auto accidents increased by a third. During this same time period, smartphone and data usage increased exponentially. Distracted driving claims lives — the lives of drivers who use their phones behind the wheel and the lives of victims like Emily Clark and her fellow nursing students. WHERE R U? The Cost of Distracted Driving
Emily Clark was going to be a nurse, and she was enrolled in Georgia Southern’s nursing program. Emily was driving with six other student nurses on their way to St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital in Savannah for their last day of clinical rotations in April 2015. Emily never achieved her dream of becoming a nurse, because as she and her passengers waited at a red light that morning, a truck driver hit her car from behind. The driver would later say he didn’t even realize he’d hit someone. As he drove over Emily’s car — and the car in front of her — he thought he’d just gone over a bump in the road. Police learned the man was texting during the time of the accident, too distracted to notice traffic in front of him had stopped. Emily Clark was one of the five women who lost their lives in the accident, but she is far from the only person to die due to distracted driving. It seems impossible that a truck driver would fail to notice hitting another vehicle, but this loss of awareness is exactly what happens when drivers let themselves be distracted by their cellphones.
PASTA WITH TURKEY AND BROCCOLI
This simple, delicious recipe only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. It’s also a great way to encourage kids to eat their broccoli. The next time you make pasta, leave the canned sauce in the pantry and make this instead!
Directions 1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Add broccoli when pasta is 1 minute from done. Drain both and return to pot. 2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the turkey, garlic, crushed red pepper, and a pinch of salt. Ingredients • 3/4 pounds pasta (shells or orecchiette) • 2 cups broccoli florets • 3 tablespoons olive oil
Cook while breaking up meat with a wooden spoon for 3–5 minutes. 3. Combine turkey with pasta and broccoli mixture, adding the remaining olive oil as you stir. Serve in bowls topped with Parmesan. • 1 pound ground turkey • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper • Salt • Parmesan cheese
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