Officers ready for New Year’s at Stateline |

Officers ready for New Year’s at Stateline

Each year, as many as 65,000 celebrants ring in the New Year in the casino core of Stateline, and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is readying itself for the celebration.

Highway 50 will be closed to all vehicle traffic at about 9 p.m., Sheriff’s Sgt. Jim Halsey said in a news release. Vehicle traffic will be detoured around the casino core using upper and lower Lake Parkway. Those planning to drive through the casino core that evening should allow themselves an extra 30 minutes. Anyone traveling in the area should be prepared for bad weather by having snow tires on their vehicle or carrying tire chains with them.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and numerous other law-enforcement agencies will be present in the casino core area tonight.

Sheriff Ron Pierini has directed all officers to adopt a nonconfrontational attitude in their contacts with the celebrants. This method of enforcement has been extremely effective in years past. The celebrants can appreciate law enforcement’s balance of protecting life and property while at the same time being allowed to ring in the New Year.

There are, however, behaviors that most likely will result in an arrest, including acts of vandalism, theft, narcotic violations, rowdy behavior or fighting, throwing projectiles, possession or setting off of fireworks, drunkenness, minors consuming or possessing alcohol, or any other act that disrupts the goal of achieving a peaceful and safe environment for all in attendance.

Open containers of alcohol are prohibited within the casino core area. Glass or metal containers, regardless of contents, are prohibited in the casino core area and will be confiscated by law enforcement.

All persons who consume alcohol during their New Year’s Eve celebration ” whether at Lake Tahoe or elsewhere ” are encouraged to catch a ride with a sober driver or utilize a local taxi service.

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