Monday, December 30, 2013

Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas

Thousands of people, both locals and visitors, will be in Las Vegas tomorrow night to ring in 2014. There will be countless concerts, shows, and events to enjoy on the Strip on New Year’s Eve.

To keep you stay safe and enable you to have a great time, below is a list of helpful tips for New Year’s Eve: 
  • Have a plan – Before going out, discuss with your group where you will go during the night, where you should meet up if separated, and how you will get home or back to your hotel.
  • Charge your phone – Make sure your phone has full battery life before heading out for the evening.
  • Have emergency cash – Make sure you carry emergency money on your person (such as in your pocket or shoe) in case something happens to your wallet or purse.
  • Don’t go anywhere alone – Whether or not you decide to drink, it is safest to travel in groups or pairs. Likewise, try to keep an eye out for friends to make sure they don’t go anywhere by themselves.
  • Know your limits – If you are planning to drink, know how much alcohol you can consume before you lose control or blackout.
  • Eat throughout the night – Eating high protein foods before you go out and throughout the night will slow your body’s absorption of alcohol.
  • Stay hydrated – Alcohol is a diuretic and you will become more dehydrated with each drink. Make sure you drink lots of water throughout the night.
  • Keep your drinks in sight – Don’t accept drinks from strangers and be careful not to set your drink down and leave it unattended for any length of time.
  • Keep in contact with your friends – If you separate from your group, text them so they know where you are and who you are with.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help, if needed – If you feel unsafe for any reason or need help, don’t hesitate to ask security guards, LVMPD officers, concierges, or staff members for assistance.
  • Don’t drive after drinking – If you drink at any point during the night, do not try to drive home. Your ability to safely operate your vehicle could be impaired and there will be DUI checkpoints set up throughout the city.
  • Don’t get in the car with someone who was drinking – If your ride has been drinking, don’t get in the car. If possible, get the driver to take a cab with you and arrange to pick up their vehicle the next day.

Get Home Safely

-Updated for New Year's Eve 2015-

In addition to getting a cab, there are a few different options available to help you get home safely and avoid drunk driving.
  • The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is offering free bus rides to the Strip and Downtown for New Year’s, starting at 6 p.m. on December 31 and ending at 9 a.m. on January 1.
  • The RTC is also offering park and ride transit services to Downtown from the Suncoast Casino Park & Ride, the Centennial Hills Transit Center Park, and the Westcliff Transit Center. The buses will run every 20 minutes, starting at 6 p.m. on December 31 and ending at 4 a.m. on January 1.
  • The Las Vegas Monorail is another great option for getting around the Strip quickly on New Year's Eve. 
If you need any type of legal help in Las Vegas, don’t hesitate to contact De Castroverde Law Group. Our experienced lawyers can determine your rights and options and provide you with outstanding representation.