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City of Surprise Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

by Lisa Bray

City of Surprise Banning Cellphone Use While Driving

According to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes annually. Texting while driving is six times more likely to cause an accident than driving under the influence of alcohol is. One out of every four traffic crashes that occur in the U.S. are caused by cell phone usage. This startling data may be one of many reasons why a new law banning the use of cellphones while driving went into effect in Surprise this month, making it the latest city to attempt regulation rather than wait for a state effort.

Surprise officials put an ordinance banning talking, texting or anything involving a handheld communication device into effect last week, the Arizona Republic reported. Police will generally issue warnings only for the first thirty days of the new law, said Surprise police Sgt. Tim Klarkowski. After that, the fines will begin. The fine is $250 on the first offense. The law prohibits talking on a cellphone, sending a text message or otherwise using a hand-held communications device while driving in the city, unless the device is in hands-free mode.

City leaders were cautious when enacting the outright ban, fearing that it could make the city a target of the state Legislature, which has been enacting local pre-emption laws on many subjects. But Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott said the Arizona League of Cities and Towns believed the law could be imposed.

Lawmakers have gone back and forth on cellphone bans in cars for more than a decade. Earlier this year, legislation banning drivers’ cellphone usage was shot down gained approval in the Senate but died in the House.

The lack of a state law has led to a mishmash of different ordinances across jurisdictions. Tucson, Sedona and Oro Valley currently prohibit handheld cellphone use while behind the wheel. Meanwhile, Phoenix, Flagstaff and Fountain Hills only prohibit texting while driving.

If you’d like more information about the Surprise cell phone ban, or if you’re interested in selling or buying a home in Surprise, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and the surrounding cities, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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Goodyear ranked among Top 10 Best U.S. cities to live

by Lisa Bray

Goodyear ranked among Top 10 Best U.S. cities to live

Have you heard the West Valley news? The City of Goodyear has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Best U.S. Cities to live in, according to a poll released in early November by 24/7 WallSt.com. 24/7 WallSt is a New York-based corporation which operates a financial news and opinion company with content delivered over the Internet. The company’s articles are republished in many national media outlets including MSN Money, Yahoo!, Finance, Time.com, USA Today and Huffington Post.

To determine America's best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St.com reviewed data on the 550 areas measured by the U.S. Census Bureau with populations of 65,000 or more. City rankings were based on a range of variables, including:

  • Crime rates (132 per 100,000 residents annually, less than half of the whole state.)
  • Employment growth
  • Educational attainment (percentage with at least a bachelor’s degree: 24.8 percent)
  • Housing affordability (Median home value: $243,000)

“We’re more than excited to be named among the Top 10 Best cities to live in,” said Goodyear Mayor, Georgia Lord. “Our last citizen satisfaction survey showed that ninety-six percent of the respondents like living in Goodyear and would recommend it to others as a place to live. Clearly the word is spreading.” Goodyear was the only Arizona city ranked in the Top 50, and as a proud resident of Goodyear, I’m not surprised we made the list. I love this community!

So if you’d like to buy a home in Goodyear, one of the top 10 Best U.S. cities to live, please contact Lisa Bray today!

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Dave and Buster’s Coming to WestGate

by Lisa Bray

Dave and Buster’s Coming to WestGate

The Phoenix West Valley is certainly abuzz with exciting new developments.  West Valley residents are already ecstatic about Super Bowl XLIX coming to the University of Phoenix Stadium next month, and the new Harkins Estrella Falls 16 megaplex movie theater opens next year. Now the Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will add another dining and entertainment option this fall with the planned opening of Dave & Buster's.

For those of you who don’t know, Dave & Buster’s is an American full-service restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment business that includes a video arcade designed for all ages. Arizona currently has two locations, one at Desert Ridge Marketplace and the other at the Tempe Marketplace, and now the establishment whose motto is “eat, drink, play” is coming to Glendale. Westgate's owner, iStar Financial, plans to break ground in February 2015 on a 41,000 square-foot building for the entertainment venue and have it open by November. It will be the first new building in the Westgate Entertainment District since iStar Financial acquired the property in 2011. The new Dave & Buster's will be built just west of the 20-screen AMC Theatres at Westgate which is located southeast of Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue.

No doubt residents valley-wide are excited for this fun new entertainment venue which not only offers a something fun to do but also employment opportunities and revenue for the thriving city of Glendale.

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