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Clark County considers glass ban on Las Vegas Strip

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LAS VEGAS -- Glass bottles could soon be banned on and around the Las Vegas Strip in an effort to clean up the Strip and make it safer.

Clark County commissioners decided Tuesday to move forward with the proposed ordiance. If passed, it would cover Las Vegas Boulevard and the sidewalks, as well as portions of nearby streets that intersect with the Strip.

Currently, two days a year, the liquor laws are tightened on the Strip meaning no glass bottles are allowed on New Year's Eve and the Fourth of July.

"We have our plastic flasks, our plastic glasses. We do have plastic liquor and do have an uptick of plastic liquor on that day and that's because they do not allow them inside the barricades for New Year's Eve," said Angie Hurt, manager of Bonanza Gift shop.

It's possible that as early as the end of September, there could be a new law banning glass and aluminum drinking containers. The hotels want to cut back on shattered glass and Metro wants to keep bottles from being used as weapons.

"This will be used as another law enforcement tool when the officers see people in possession of these glass items," said Metro Captain Devin Ballard.

If the ordinance goes into effect, it could be a misdemeanor.

 "No I don't like that," tourist Shant Mastikian said.

But others feel differently.

"I'm actually for it and a couple times as we were walking down the Strip, people get careless a little bit," said tourist Chris Daniel. "There's broken glass, you're wearing flip-flops, glass can get under your feet, there's a lot of safety reasons, I understand as long as I can have it in a plastic cup, I'll take it." 

A similar glass ban recently went into effect in downtown Las Vegas. Some of the casinos had to add extra staff to be by the exits to exchange glasses for plastic cups. People with a glass container or bottle must carry it inside a closed plastic bag or paper bag with the receipt stapled on the outside.

There will be public comment on the proposed ordinance in the coming weeks.








 

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