Las Vegas Cracking Down On Drunkenness

Las Vegas city leaders will consider a bill today (Wednesday) that will make it a misdemeanor to have an open bottle of liquor within a 32-block area of downtown. The move is part of a long-standing battle to control public drunkenness on Fremont Street.

Police have complained in the past that much of the issue stems from people who purchase alcohol at liquor stores downtown and drink it on Fremont. The bill would add fines of a thousand dollars and up to six months in jail. Alcohol can only be consumed from paper or plastic cups. The new bill would also force liquor stores to put liquor in a bag and have the receipt stapled to it. Liquor stores who have been in the area for years are pushing back.

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