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Police warn of spring break dangers

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More than 300,000 Clark County School District students are set to begin spring break when school lets out on Friday.

It's a week of fun, but police want to make sure that no one gets hurt, and they're urging parents to keep an eye on their kids.

With all those kids out of school and no real structure in place, police want to make sure parents and people who don't have children know what to expect next week and avoid any problems.

Most parents work, meaning they can't be around their kids all day during spring break. Police say the first thing parents need to be aware of is prescription drugs around the home.

"As a parent, take the opportunity now to do an inventory of your medicine cabinet. Find out what's in there and what should be there," said Capt. Ken Young with Clark County School District Police.

Young suggests you also do an inventory of your liquor cabinet.

Another potential problem is the internet.

"Make sure you are watching what they are posting on things like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Be aware of the apps they may download to hide some of their text messages or pictures they might be sending or communications with friends," said North Las Vegas police Officer Chrissie Coon.

The internet is also a way kids get the word out about parties and gatherings.

"If you see large parties or gatherings, please report them because we have a system in place to where we can intervene. On some of those maybe we can prevent some harm to students," said Capt. Tom Roberts with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Another source of concern is the driving habits of motorists not used to kids being out of school.

"Please be mindful of that extra foot traffic that will be out there, and hopefully we can keep all of our children safe during spring break," said Capt. Mike Johnston with the Henderson Police Department.

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