Las Vegas, NV – January 18, 2024 – The Las Vegas Strip’s pedestrian bridges, a familiar sight for visitors, have a new rule: no stopping or standing. Clark County officially implemented its “pedestrian zone flow ordinance” on Tuesday, January 16th, aiming to improve safety and traffic flow on these crucial connectors between casinos and attractions.
The new law prohibits individuals from “stopping, standing or engaging in an activity that causes another person to stop” on the bridges. This applies to the bridges themselves and extends to a 20-foot radius around connected stairs, escalators, and elevators.
Safety First, Not Stopping Performers or Photographers
Clark County officials emphasize that the ordinance is not meant to target street performers or tourists taking photos. The primary goal is to maintain a continuous flow of pedestrians and prevent congestion, particularly during peak hours.
“This ordinance will help to ensure our world-class tourism destination remains a safe place for people to visit and transverse,” a county spokesperson stated.
First Amendment Concerns Arise
While the ordinance focuses on public safety, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has raised concerns about its potential violation of First Amendment rights. The ACLU argues that the ban on stopping could restrict individuals’ freedom of speech and expression, especially for those who use the bridges for protest, religious activities, or artistic performances.
Signs and Enforcement
Clark County plans to install signage on the bridges clearly outlining the areas where stopping and standing are prohibited. Enforcement details remain unclear, but officials have assured that the focus will be on education and compliance rather than immediate penalties.
The Future of Vegas Bridges
The new ordinance marks a significant shift in the way people interact with the iconic Las Vegas pedestrian bridges. While its effectiveness in improving safety and traffic flow remains to be seen, the potential impact on First Amendment rights raises important questions about balancing public safety with individual freedoms in a bustling tourist destination.
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