Behind the wheel? Put down the phone

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Demetri Martin

No surprise here, but AAA has found that motorists who use cellphones while driving are more likely to engage in additional dangerous behaviors.

According to a survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, cellphone yackers are more likely to speed, drive drowsy, not use a seat belt and send texts or e-mails while behind the wheel.

But that’s not the bad news. The bad news would be that more than two-thirds (69 percent) of licensed drivers reported talking on a cellphone while driving within the past month.

Is it just me, or do they all live around here?

WATER WORKS: Many of you commented on our story about the water well along Wrightsboro Road that still gets its share of daily drinkers.

Billy Cooper, of North Au­gusta, writes: “Have been drinking this water for many, many years … Have met people from Atlanta that drive down to here to get water. Usually a vanload of jugs. I’ve helped them fill and load to head back to Atlanta. The water is very good and being frequented most every day and some days with no parking spaces available. I schedule getting water when I will be driving into that area. I have a friend in Evans that has been drinking it for years and continues even today.”

REUNION TIME: Jane Ed­munds at church asked me to mention that the Aca­demy of Richmond Coun­ty’s Class of 1963 will hold its 50th reunion March 2 at Augusta Country Club. For information, you can call Jane at (706) 736-3583, or Lee Nowell at (706) 860-2110. Or you can e-mail
arc63reunion@hotmail.com.

I’M JUST ASKING: What’s the difference between a king’s son, a monkey’s mother, a bald head and an orphan?

The answer: One’s an heir apparent, the next is a hairy parent, the next has no hair apparent, and the last has nary a parent.

JENKINS COUNTY: Brian Burrus wanted me to remind you that the Jenkins County High School Blood Drive and Health Fair will be Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the school gym. A health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Agricultural Center.

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one from Everett Fernandez:

One Sunday morning, while stationed at Osan Air Base in South Korea, I was in line for breakfast and noticed the cook behind the counter looked kind of harassed. After I gave him my order, he asked me how I wanted my eggs.

Not wanting to burden him further, I said cheerfully, “Oh, whatever is easiest for you.”

With that, he took two eggs, cracked them open onto my plate and handed it back to me.


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