LAS VEGAS - Thousands of students will be on Spring Break next week. That has police stepping up patrols to ensure kids and college students stay safe.
Many vacationers will head to the Strip, so police say extra law enforcement will be on hand to patrol Las Vegas Boulevard.
One of the top priorities will be preventing drinking and driving. Police will be looking out for anyone who has had too much to drink and then decides to get behind the wheel.
For younger kids, police will enforce curfews. Anyone under 18 is not allowed out past 10 p.m. on the Strip without a parent. Police say this is all part of a larger effort to keep kids safe.
"We have one goal in mind, and that's for as many kids that go on Spring Break to return when it's all over," said Metro Police Capt. Tom Roberts.
Any minor found breaking the law could be cited and kept until their parents pick them up, or they could be taken to juvenile detention.
Captain Ken Young with the Clark County School District Police Department says these laws will be strictly enforced.
"Stepped up patrol on the Strip, presence on the Strip. We attract people from some of the neighboring states that come in, and kids want to hang out on the Strip while their parents are gambling or (doing) other adult things," he said. "We want them to know that the curfew laws do apply to them as well."
Police say parents should also talk to their kids about prescription drug abuse and the dangers of taking drugs that are not prescribed to them. Parents can also keep tabs on their kids by checking their social media accounts.
Police say it's important that parents let their kids know they are keeping an eye on them during Spring Break.
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