In recent weeks, there have been several published reports about the increased police presence in the Fremont Street Experience and Fremont East districts.
The area has enjoyed a remarkable transformation in recent years, with a number of new attractions attracting a greater number of visitors away from the Strip. But as is often the case in rapidly revitalized areas, there have been some challenges and some criminal incidents, most notably issues related to underage drinking and large crowds congregating in a small geographical area, according to Officer Larry Hadfield, the public information officer for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“Our goal is for the people who come down to the area to have fun in a safe environment,” he said. “For the most part, the people who come down to Fremont Street are law-abiding citizens there to enjoy the evening.”
Occasionally, some of the people who are innocently out for the evening end up ticketed by one of these police officers because they’ve unknowingly broken a law, so knowing a few basic laws enforced in the downtown area can go a long way in enhancing the visitation experience.
“With respect to the Fremont Street area, visitors should be aware that the open-container law is designed so that alcoholic beverages purchased at nearby stores in the area are not to be consumed on the street,” Hadfield said.
To help assist cops with crowd control after dark, a curfew was implemented on Oct. 4, in time for the First Friday monthly arts festival; anyone under 18 years old must now be accompanied by an adult. The curfew begins at 9 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays and encompasses a limited section of downtown. The enforced area goes from Main Street to the west, Maryland Parkway on the east, Stewart Avenue to the north and Bridger Avenue to the south.
“Most venues in the area are geared for adults and are not appropriate for minors or young children,” Hadfield pointed out.