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Safety a Priority for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flood the Strip for New Year's Eve. Police and local agencies are taking steps to ensure everyone has a safe party.

If you're celebrating on the Strip or downtown, a curfew will be in place for minors. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian with them after 6 p.m.

People are not allowed to carry metal or glass containers in these areas. Metro Police also warns residents across the valley to refrain from firing guns into the air at midnight. Officers say offenders will go straight to jail.

Police will provide extra patrol officers who are in and out of uniform. They will also use 37 surveillance cameras along the Strip between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road to detect suspicious activity.

"Uniformed presence of law enforcement at any major event is a big deterrent for criminal activity, suspicious activity," said Metro Police Lt. Roxanne McDaris.

Metro encourages people to take part in its "See Something, Say Something" campaign.

"It helps us a lot with our campaign for ‘See Something, Say Something.' We have all of those eyes out there for our revelers and, in addition, we also have law enforcement eyes out there as well," McDaris said.

Additionally, people can temporarily receive information about public safety issues on their phones via Alert ID. Text the word "info" to 702-800-6776. The service ends at 3 a.m. January 1.

If you're going to drink, make sure you have a plan to get home safely. Many companies offer free rides, including the Regional Transportation Commission.

The free service begins at 6 p.m. New Year's Eve and runs through 9 a.m. New Year's Day.

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