Bill's Newscast: Distracted Driving

09 October 2018  
Distracted driving ordinance is under consideration.

Cottonwood residents should be on the lookout for a peeping tom or a cat burglar.

Since September 24th, Cottonwood Police have taken 3 separate reports of a suspicious man lurking around or trying to enter windows of apartments in the area. In 2 of the incidents, the suspect actually attempted entry into an apartment through a window but fled when someone saw him. Three different apartment complexes have reported seeing the man trying to get into an apartment or lurking around patios and windows. The suspect is described as a dark skinned African-American man, bald or shaved head, no facial hair and muscular or bulky. Police aren’t sure if the man is trying to commit a burglary or a sexual offense. Anyone who sees someone matching this description trying to get into apartments or lurking around patios or windows is asked to call 911 immediately.

A stolen minivan has been recovered after it was involved in a rollover accident.

Just after 7 last Wednesday morning, the minivan was reported stolen from Fiesta Street in Clarkdale. It was taken sometime after 9:30 the night before. The minivan was located more than 3 hours after it was reported stolen in Mescal Wash off Broadway Road. No suspects were located in the vehicle or at the scene. A tow truck had to be used to lift the van from the wash where it was abandoned down a steep hill at the base of a bridge. The investigation is ongoing. If you have information on this incident, call Clarkdale Police at (928) 634-9591.

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

During its meeting at 1 tomorrow afternoon, Council will discuss prohibiting the use of electronic devices while driving. According to City Manager Michael Lamar, over the last decade many jurisdictions in Arizona and nationwide have adopted similar measures. While the State Legislature has discussed the issue several times in the past, it has yet to adopt any general restrictions. Yavapai County’s ban goes into effect November 2nd. Several versions of electronic device bans, including Yavapai’s, will be presented to Council during the meeting, which will be held at City Hall on South Cortez Street.



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