Douglas County Preparing for New Year Celebration

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DOUGLAS COUNTY, Nev. – A massive crowd is expected for New Years Eve at Stateline, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is getting ready.

The first thing anyone in that area needs to be prepared for is traffic. Highway 50 might be closed to vehicle traffic due to public safety concerns. That means traffic would be diverted around the casino core area.

Slick roads and winter weather are likely in this area, so drivers need to allow even extra time to deal with road conditions. Be sure to have snow tires and/or chains with you.

Officers of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be present in the Stateline casino-core area throughout the evening, supplemented by officers and representatives of numerous other law enforcement agencies, including Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, and the FBI. Supporting agencies include the Douglas County Communications Center, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department, Cal-Trans and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini has directed all officers to adopt a non-confrontational approach in their contacts with revelers. The goal of the Sheriff’s Office is to protecting life and property while at the same time allowing celebrants to enthusiastically ring in the New Year.

There are behaviors that will not be tolerated by law enforcement, including: acts of rowdy behavior, fighting, throwing projectiles, vandalism, theft, narcotic violations, severe public drunkenness, possession of or discharge of fireworks, minors consuming or possessing alcohol, or any other act that disrupts the goal of achieving a peaceful and safe environment.

Persons planning to attend the New Years Eve celebration in the Stateline, NV area are reminded that per Douglas County Code 9.26.010, glass or metal containers, regardless of contents, are prohibited in the casino core area on New Year’s Eve. Any such containers will be confiscated for destruction by law enforcement. Alcohol or other liquids shall be in a plastic cup, paper cup or other similar vessel. Area casinos are aware of this requirement, and will serve alcoholic beverages in plastic cups throughout the evening.

The Sheriff’s Office says the casino core is not a place for juveniles on New Years Eve. Each year during the event, Douglas County officials say a large percentage of contacts and arrests are made of persons under the age of twenty-one.

The curfew in Douglas County is midnight on Monday, December 31st, 2012. Persons under the age of eighteen are subject to citation for being in violation of this ordinance. Persons under the age of twenty-one who are in possession of alcohol or who have consumed or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be subject to arrest.