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December 26, 2012
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Sheriff's office prepares for New Year's Eve

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is preparing for the upcoming celebration in the Stateline casino core, where thousands of people typically ring in the New Year.

U.S. Highway 50 may be closed to vehicle traffic New Year's Eve and traffic diverted around casino core area using upper and lower Lake Parkway Drive for public safety, according to a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Drivers traveling through the area should allow themselves an additional 15 minutes of travel time and should have snow tires or carry tire chains.

Authorities from numerous law enforcement agencies will police the gathering. Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini has directed officers to adopt a nonconfrontational approach in their contacts with revelers.

Incidents that will most likely result in an arrest include acts that place celebrants or law enforcement officers in jeopardy, including rowdy behavior, fighting, throwing projectiles, vandalism, theft, narcotic violations, severe public drunkenness, possession of or discharge of fireworks and minors consuming or possessing alcohol, according to the statement.

Glass or metal containers, regardless of contents, are prohibited in the area on New Year's Eve and will be confiscated for destruction by law enforcement. Alcohol or other liquids should be in a plastic cup, paper cup or other similar vessel.

The New Year's crowd is not conducive or intended for participation by juveniles, according to the statement. A large number of arrests are made of persons under 21 each year. The curfew in Douglas County is midnight for the holiday. People under 18 are subject to citation if they violate the curfew, and people under 21 who are in possession of alcohol or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol are also subject to arrest.

People who consume alcohol during their New Year's celebration are encouraged to ride with a sober driver or utilize a taxi service.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 26, 2012 06:12PM Published Dec 26, 2012 06:11PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.