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Commissioners Look at Safety on the Strip
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Commissioners Look at Safety on the Strip

The Las Vegas Strip is the engine that drives much of southern Nevada’s economy, but over the years it has become a lot more crowded. It is not just tourists filling up the scenic and important street. There are also hucksters, entertainers and criminals.

Now, the Clark County Commission is looking at ways to make the Strip a safer place for the tourists who visit and the locals that work there. The commissioners took up the issue during Tuesday’s meeting. The first step is a traffic study. The study will look at which parts of the Strip are the most congested and at which parts of the day.

Once the traffic study is finished, a list of 32 safety recommendations can be looked at and put into place. The list was generated by police, county officials and casino executives. Some of the suggestions include cleaning up the so-called news racks and replacing them with better looking racks. There is also a suggestion to put trash cans next to the racks and require hand billers to clean up the cards and flyers that have been tossed on the sidewalk.

Another recommendation is to restrict the use of unicycles, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades and hula hoops on sidewalks and pedestrian bridges. The regulation is aimed at street performers who use the items to draw a crowd. County Commissioner Steve Sisolak says the performers are out of hand.

"There is a difference between somebody standing there in an Elvis costume taking a picture and somebody that is doing tumbling over tourists or someone juggling a bowling ball that might drop one and hit somebody. So, there is a wide plethora of people that are out there and we need to get a handle on that," Sisolak said.

The commission already voted to place a curfew on animals on the Strip. Now, animals are only allowed on the boulevard between 5 a.m. and noon. The curfew does not apply to service animals or police dogs. The commission was concerned about animal cruelty. Critics said performers and panhandlers used animals to draw people in.

Another measure discussed during Tuesday’s commission meeting was setting up a night court for people arrested on the Strip. People arrested could be processed and see a lawyer that night instead of the next day.

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