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Las Vegas police step up Strip security for the christmas and new year

Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Steve Ross speaks during a press conference about the plans for the 2017 new year celebrations on the Las Vegas Strip and the downtown Fremont Street Experience, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Las Vegas.

(Erik Verduzco /Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

The police the fan will be in operation both in uniform and undercover to keep crowds safe is Las Vegas’ extravagant New Year’s Eve party, authorities said Thursday.

Law enforcement and local government officials held a press conference in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign to their plans to protect the public during the holidays. More than 300,000 visitors are expected in town for the festivities.

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Further than an eight-minute pyrotechnic show with fireworks launched from casino rooftops, nightclubs call in 2017 with superstar celebrities and restaurants are pulling out all the stops with extensive prix fixe menus and champagne toast.

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Ban on large bags

A Clark County ordinance that is new this year, will ban glass bottles, backpacks, coolers, strollers, and large bags on the Las Vegas Strip, 6 p.m. Dec. 31 6 p.m. on Jan. 1.

The police says that they warn you people to get the items in their hotel room or in the car, and will confiscate the items if their owners are not cooperating. Violating the regulation is a crime, so the visitors could face imprisonment and fines if they do not comply.

Last year, police urged the people not to bring such items, but had not the power to enforce the recommendation because it is not in a regulation.

Expected road closures

The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to vehicles between Mandalay Bay Road in the south and Sahara Avenue in the north of about 6 hours on new year’s eve to a few hours after midnight on new year’s day. Off-ramps of Interstate 15 in the vicinity of the Strip will also be closed.

The authorities say that they are also ramping up efforts to keep cars out of pedestrian areas and prevent the vehicle attacks as a deadly last week at a christmas market in Berlin. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Sgt. Jeff Clark declined to say that his agency exact plans for physically preventing the car raids, but said barriers will be improved compared with the previous year.

Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said that there will be 4,200 crowd control barriers in place during the festivities.

More hands on deck

It is an all-hands-on-deck situation for Las Vegas police, who are excluded from taking vacation during the New Year’s Eve holiday period. Clark said that all the officers, either working or on call.

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Las Vegas police are getting support from agencies including Henderson and North Las Vegas departments, and they also work with the staff of the FBI, the National Guard and the Secret Service.

The public use of marijuana is illegal

During the recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and over is legal in Nevada on Jan. 1, the police stressed that the consumption is not permitted in public places and must be done at home. The use of pot in public is a crime that carries a penalty of up to $600.

Driving under the influence of marijuana is also illegal.

Retail pharmacies are not allowed to sell marijuana for recreational use and offer their products to people with valid medical marijuana cards.

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