New Downtown Alcohol Ordinances, Fremont Street Experience

You’ve seen it once. You’ve seen it a thousand times. Drunken shenanigans on Freemont Street. Whether it be tourists from Kansas City in town for a bachelor party, local Zappos techies celebrating the weekend, or spandex-wearing eccentric wanders talking to themselves with margaritas in hand, Downtown Las Vegas takes all kinds. The problem, as observed by the Las Vegas City Council, is the escalation of aggressive behaviors occurring on the Fremont Street Experience due to the abundance of cheap booze coupled with obnoxious souvenir hustlers, photograph takers, and other vendors and performers looking to make a quick buck off the wobbling drunkards. As reported by the LVRJ, Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas and the Golden Gate, told the council, “I don’t want to belabor what we’re seeing on TripAdvisor.” Stevens was referring to a barrage of comments left on the popular travel site/blog by individuals who said they’d never return to downtown Las Vegas because it was so disgustingly sleazy. Also reported by the LVRJ, Boyd Gaming lobbyist Russell Rowe, commented on the low return rate of Hawaiian visitors to Las Vegas. “The bottom line is our Hawaiian guests are not flying back and if they do, they’re not staying downtown,” Rowe said. The council discussed an alcohol ordinance which included some of the following, as they relate to downtown Las Vegas, specifically, Freemont Street: ■ No single servings of alcoholic candy, jello shots or other products not considered beverages can be sold. ■ No containers of malt liquor and beer larger than 32 ounces can be sold. ■ No beer higher than 11 percent alcohol can be sold....
Another DUI Accident in Las Vegas

Another DUI Accident in Las Vegas

Each year, far too many individuals are killed or seriously injured as a result of DUI accidents in Southern Nevada. Most recently reported, a man suspected of driving while under the influence crashed into a motorcycle, badly injuring the rider. The rider, upon being hit, was thrown violently into the road and lay there suffering until he was taken to University Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. The driver who was the cause of the DUI collision, and who was also suspected of speeding, was 29 year old Anthony Munoz. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Munoz was speeding, driving drunk, and hit a motorcycle, Munoz also fled the scene of the accident. He eventually lost control of his Kia Sorento and drove off the road, where he and a passenger attempted to flee on foot until officers caught them. Munoz was arrested on counts of driving under the influence and hit-and-run. Some reminders from the Law Office of Mark Coburn: Nevada DUI Penalties FIRST OFFENSE · Between 2 days and 6 months in jail · 48 to 96 hours of community service · A fine of between $580 and $2000 · Required attendance in a substance abuse educational program · Required attendance in DUI school · Required attendance in a “victim impact panel” · Revocation of your driver’s license for at least 90 days SECOND OFFENSE · Between 10 days and 6 months in jail · 48 to 96 hours of community service · A fine of between $580 and $2000 · Required attendance in a substance abuse therapy program · Required attendance in DUI...

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