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Bill's Newscast: Distracted Driving

09 November 2018  

More local distracted driving ordinances coming.

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has adopted a Distracted Driving Ordinance, and the Prescott Valley Town Council could do the same.

During its meeting on October 18th, Town Council members directed staff to prepare an ordinance addressing the same subject matter as the County ordinance. According to Town Attorney Ivan Legler, application of the County Ordinance inside Prescott Valley would’ve resulted in prosecution by the County Attorney’s Office in the Prescott or Mayer Justice Courts. Violations of a Town ordinance would be prosecuted in the Prescott Valley Magistrate Court. The Ordinance, which will be considered by Town Council at 5:30 tonight, mirrors the County Ordinance as well as the City of Prescott Ordinance that goes into effect November 23rd. The Town Council meeting will be held in the Library Auditorium on Civic Circle.

Residents in the Coconino County National Forest could be affected by a water shut-off and prescribed burning.

Arizona Game and Fish officials plan on temporarily shutting down the water system servicing some Upper Oak Creek users. Today’s shut down, which is necessary for repairs to the Sterling Spring Fish Hatchery delivery system, will affect the Pine Flats subdivision, Manresa Resort, the Pine Flat campground and the public water faucet along Highway 89A. The water system is expected to be operational again sometime tonight. The repairs are being done in preparation of an anticipated renovation of the hatchery, located on Highway 89A in Sedona this winter. Meanwhile, fire mangers plan on conducting a prescribed burn near Clints Well today. Smoke will be visible to drivers on Highway 260.

Watch for delays on Highway 89 and Robinson Drive in Prescott due to road work.

City of Prescott Street Maintenance crews will be doing right of way maintenance between Willow Creek Road and the roundabout at the Phippen Museum. Work is being done today and tomorrow. Lane shifts will be in place at various locations and times on both days from 6 am to 3 pm. Meanwhile, over on Robinson Drive, crews are preparing the subgrade and installing concrete curb and gutter from East Gurley Street to Moore Place. Robinson is closed to through traffic in that area and temporary sidewalk closures are required while work is underway. However, personnel will accommodate access for local businesses and residents. Work hours are 7 am to 6 pm today through Friday.

The Cottonwood Police Department will be putting grant money to good use.

The Department has received 3 grants from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The first one is designated for DUI enforcement totaling 20 thousand dollars. The money will be used for DUI patrols and a command post. The second grant is for overtime and equipment, which makes it possible to place officers in areas where most crashes occur and where there are concerns over traffic violations. The 10 thousand dollar grant will strictly be used for overtime during the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program. The final grant will allow the Cottonwood Police Department to equip the motor officer with a new bike. Officials say a motorcycle is better able to sit in areas where speed violations occur without being a hazard.

Statistics show accidents are a major problem within the city. Highways 89A and 260 and Main Street accommodate a large amount of daily traffic, on which a majority of accidents occur.

Bill Monroe, KQNA News, 1130 AM

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