Memorial Day Celebrations
Memorial Day will be observed at 2 Prescott cemeteries. The National Cemetery Association will conduct a Memorial Day ceremony Monday morning at 11. Parking and shuttle service from the VA Hospital to the Prescott National Cemetery is available from 9:30 to 10:45. Both the VA Hospital and the cemetery are located on Highway 89. Scheduled guest speakers include State Representative Noel Campbell and John McKinney, Commander of the Korean War Veterans Chapter 311. Residents are invited to join Prescott National Cemetery staff in placing gravesite flags on Saturday morning at 8. At 9 Monday morning, the Yavapai Cemetery Association will present its Memorial Day observance at the Citizens Cemetery, located on Sheldon Street. This event will include patriotic speeches by local officials and dignitaries. Parking is available in the nearby Yavapai College parking lots and surrounding streets.
Slow down - speed limit drop on I-17
You’ll need to slow down if you’ll be traveling on I-17 this holiday weekend. As part of a safety campaign to reduce crashes and delays from speeding and driver inattention, ADOT is reducing speed limits during peak Memorial Day weekend travel periods. Speed limits will be lowered by 10 miles per hour on northbound I-17 between New River and the Sunset Point Rest Area. Speed limits on that same stretch of southbound I-17 will be reduced by 10 miles per hour on Memorial Day. Crashes and other incidents, including disabled vehicles, can cause closures and lengthy delays along I-17 between New River and Sunset Point. Over the holiday weekend, ADOT will station crews and equipment, such as loaders and utility trucks nearby to respond quickly to incidents. A more than 1 million dollar project underway on this stretch of I-17 is adding overhead message boards alerting drivers to their speed. The sign installations will be finished this summer.
No road construction
Good news for holiday travelers as there won’t be any construction closures. ADOT and its contractors won’t schedule any closures along state highways from today through late Monday evening. However, drivers still need to use caution in existing work zones and in holiday travel corridors that will have extra law enforcement and resources to minimize delays. One of those corridors is I-17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff.
Triple A Arizona spokeswoman Michelle Donati says motorists can expect large crowds as more people are traveling this year. Donati has some tips to make your road trip as worry free as possible. Drivers are also encouraged to pack extra water and snacks, avoid the busiest travel times if possible and get plenty of rest before driving.
Armed robbery suspects in custody
Cottonwood Police have taken 3 suspects involved in an armed robbery into custody. On Wednesday night at around 10:30, a man robbed the Chevron station on Highway 260 at gunpoint. The suspect then fled the scene in a black Toyota pickup truck with another unknown suspect with an undetermined amount of cash. There were no injuries to anyone inside the business. Later that night, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office engaged in a pursuit of the suspect vehicle. The pursuit ended in the area of Schnebly Hill Road off I-17. Three suspects have been arrested and no further information has been released by Cottonwood Police. This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information on this robbery, call Cottonwood Police at 634-4246.
Just say no to impaired driving
Local law enforcement agencies will be working over the weekend to keep impaired drivers off the roads. One of the agencies out in force conducting DUI and seat belt enforcement will be the Prescott Valley Police Department. Officer Jerry Ferguson describes the objective of the enforcement program. Ferguson explains there are some steps drivers can take to help make it a safe Memorial Day weekend. The Camp Verde Marshal’s Office will conduct a saturation patrol from 7 am to noon on Memorial Day. The Chino Valley, Clarkdale, Cottonwood and Jerome Police Departments will have ongoing patrols through Memorial Day and the Tri-City DUI Task Force will be in the Costco parking lot on Highway 69 from 6 Saturday night through 3 Sunday morning.