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Curfew, other restrictions in effect along Strip on NYE

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The last-minute preparations are underway on the Las Vegas Strip ahead of the America's Party New Year's Eve celebration.

With a massive crowd expected for the music, entertainment and fireworks, Metro police have a big job. They're encouraging revelers to follow the rules in order to make the party smoother and safer.

Beginning at 6 p.m., all traffic will be shut down on the Strip, and everyone under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Police will be out in full force, on foot and on horseback. There will also be numerous plainclothes officers out and about, looking for potential problems.

"They can get out there and monitor criminal activity that might not come right in front of the uniformed officers that are in the middle of the Strip, behind the pedestrian rails," Metro's Lt. Roxanne McDaris said.

Also new this year are 37 recently added high-definition cameras along the Strip.

"It obviously is going to give us that many more angles and views of what could be going on to help monitor any kind of activity," McDaris said.

Officers will be enforcing numerous city and county ordinances. There is a ban on metal and glass containers in effect on the Strip and in downtown Las Vegas from 6 p.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 1. Plastic cups and containers will be allowed.

Police ask you not carry large backpacks, satchels or knapsacks that could hold cans and bottles.

Also, police said firing guns into the air, known as celebratory gunfire, is illegal and highly dangerous.

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