New teen curfew proposed for downtown Las Vegas
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CREATED Aug. 29, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- On Fremont Street, Thursday night was the calm before an expected Friday night storm.
Lynn Garcia says inebriated teenagers are a problem on Fremont Street east of the Experience.
"I've seen (them) drunk; falling down."
Garcia supports a weekend curfew. She says, "They're underage. You can tell."
Las Vegas police have been conducting extra patrols for few months. They have been cracking down on the bars and taverns on Fremont Street East and the under-aged drinkers who may be frequenting them.
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman feels that's not enough.
Clark County has a weekend and holiday curfew for under-aged teens on the Las Vegas Strip.
Mayor Goodman wants a similar curfew in the downtown area. The boundaries of the area would be Eastern Avenue and U.S. Highway 95 and Interstate 15 and Sahara Avenue. The proposed curfew times are 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Fridays, Saturdays and legal holidays with exceptions for special events.
It's an area large enough to encompass crowds that gather for events like First Friday.
Some Fremont Street visitors think the plan could backfire.
Laura Santone says, "More prohibition makes kids want to go out and get drunk like crazy."
John Nutt from Ontario, Canada says,"Like, the open alcohol thing is something we're not used to."
Andrew Bankston of New Orleans adds, "I'd say New Orleans probably has a bigger problem with underage drinking, but it also might be more accepted there."
Locals who live and work in the increasingly popular downtown corridor disagree.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers temporarily shut down the Beauty Bar and the Vanguard Lounge for loud music.
Suda Meks works at La Comida restaurant right around the corner.
She says it's important to get ahead of the under-aged drinking problem before it becomes too serious.
Meks says, "The more there's stuff to do downtown, the more you attract different people."
The new curfew is set to be introduced when the Las Vegas City Council meets on Sept. 4.