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Friday Catchall: Cellphone ban, voting and lighting? Yes, yes and yes!

(Courier, file photo)

(Courier, file photo)

The Friday Catchall:

• CELL — Call me whatever you want (ha!), just don’t do it while you’re driving!

On Wednesday, after two public hearings, the Board of Supervisors approved a sweeping ordinance for unincorporated areas of Yavapai County: a ban on driving while using communication devices (cellphone, tablet, etc.).

Several people have contacted me with surprise. They thought it was all about texting while driving.

I would say it started as that, but realize any use of a device (other than the controls to drive) take your undivided attention away from the road. I’ve heard it amounts to traveling the distance of a football field or two before your eyes (or attention) get back on task.

Seconds? Yes, and enough time for anything to happen.

Remember my phrase for not knowing how you got home? Zombie driving. Well, in-vehicle distractions are worse than that.

It kicks in Nov. 2, and watch for local cities and towns to follow the county’s lead; yes, Wednesday’s action affects only the unincorporated areas of the county. But do you know where all the city limits are? Me neither.

In the meantime, get ready for this.

Let me know your thoughts; email twieds@prescottaz.com as to how you’re going to cope or adjust. Too stringent? Should the town and city councils do the same? Do you really need to talk while driving and cannot do it hands-free?

Going home Wednesday night I tested it by calling my sister. I placed the phone on the console in speaker mode. It worked just fine — hands-free.

• VOTING — It is getting to be that time – the General Election — and we all need to get out and vote!

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 9, and early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 10, with the early mail-in ballots starting as well.

I have received a lot of inquiries about this – visit www.yavapai.us/electionsvr/2018-elections or call them (several are listed there, such as Voter Registration: 928-771-3248).

The last day to request an early ballot by mail is Friday, Oct. 26.

Now, who are you going to vote for? Watch the Courier over the next week to 10 days; we’re going to recap the candidates and the ballot measures — local and statewide.

And, if you miss a day, visit dCourier.com; in the black bar across the top, hover over “News” for the drop-down menu where you’ll click on “Elections” (or click HERE). It is that simple and all of the information is there from the past, and will be there as we do the recaps too.

Phew! I can see the finish line, folks.

• LIGHTING — How do all those lights get on the courthouse plaza for December and Christmas? The Friends of Jersey Lilly Saloon is part of the answer.

They are preparing to kick off the Courthouse Christmas Lighting Fund campaign for this season. Last year’s effort raised over $42,000 with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the lighting fund. This year they are working in conjunction with the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the seasonal event, along with the Prescott Downtown Partnership.

So let’s start with the kick-off: Mark your calendars for this year’s kick-off party and auction on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. Silent auction, buffet, and live auction!

And, there is a bronze being raffled off again, this year is the “Stock Holders Meeting” (No. 1 of 50) sculpted and donated by Bradford J. Williams, valued at $4,500. Plus, personalized donor bulbs? Yep, we can all help that way too.

For more information, call 928-445-2000.

This season is just ahead! 

• PICK OF THE WEEK — (Proving there’s always something good to do in the Prescott area that’s cheap or free):

Note: The original event listed has been canceled. Another great Pick of the Week is The Big Sting Country Music Festival this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13. Learn more at this link.

Tim Wiederaenders is the senior news editor for The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @TWieds_editor. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032, or twieds@prescottaz.com.

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