DCSO Public Safety Reminders for New Year’s Eve

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Reminders for New Year’s Eve
Posted on 12/16/2019

Minden, Nevada- The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is preparing efforts to insure public safety for visitors and residences during the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations happening in Lake Tahoe. Public safety is our number one priority. That is why DCSO is asking people to be aware of the following information during this celebratory time:


Due to the high volume of celebrants within the Stateline casino area during this time, U.S. Highway 50 may be closed to vehicle traffic in the evening if necessary. If that should occur, vehicle traffic will be diverted around the core Stateline casino area using upper and lower Lake Parkway Drive.

Drivers should allow themselves additional time to make it to their destination. Be cautious of wintertime travel, and anticipate poor road conditions caused by weather. Drivers should have snow tires on their vehicle or carry tire chains/cables.

Law Enforcement Presence

Throughout Carson Valley the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be present along with numerous other law enforcement agencies, including Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and California Highway Patrol. Supporting agencies include the Douglas County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Douglas County Communications Center, Tahoe-Douglas Fire Department, Cal-Trans and Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT).

Public Safety Reminders

The goal of the Sheriff’s Office is to protect life and property while at the same time allowing celebrants to enthusiastically ring in the New Year. However, behaviors that will not be tolerated by law enforcement are incidents that place celebrants or law enforcement officers in jeopardy; including acts of excessive rowdiness, fighting, throwing projectiles, vandalism, theft, narcotic violations, severe public drunkenness, possession of or discharge of fireworks, minors consuming or possessing alcohol, or any other act that disrupts the goal of achieving a safe environment for all.

Persons planning to attend the New Year’s Eve celebration at Stateline are reminded that glass or metal containers, regardless of contents, are prohibited in the casino area. Any containers, and their contents, will be confiscated for destruction by law enforcement. Alcohol or other liquids should be in a plastic or paper cup. Area casinos are aware of this requirement, and will serve alcoholic beverages in plastic cups throughout the evening.

Youth and Child Safety

Parents must be mindful of their children’s whereabouts and activities, especially during the New Year’s Eve celebration. The crowd that gathers in the casino core for the event is not intended for participation by minors. The curfew in Douglas County is midnight on Tuesday, December 31st, 2019. Persons under the age of eighteen are subject to citation for being in violation of this ordinance.  Persons under the age of twenty-one who are in possession of alcohol, have consumed, or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be subject to arrest.

You Drink You Drive, You lose

Not sure if you’ve had too much to drink? Then don’t drive. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reminds you that law enforcement will be out in full force throughout Douglas County on New Year’s Eve looking for impaired drivers. Don’t risk harming others, losing your license, your car and freedom. Plan before you start drinking. Designate a sober driver, take cab or do a ride-share app or you’ll be taking a ride straight to jail. Remember: You Drink and Drive. You lose.


Written by: Undersheriff Ron Elges

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office