County leaders consider ordinance to ban peddlers on the Las Vegas Strip
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Strip may become a little less crowded.
That is because county commissioners will be looking at a new ordinance that would prohibit peddling on public sidewalks.
This has the potential to affect all kids of activity on the Strip including card-slapping smut peddlers to the people that sell water.
The idea to ban these peddlers originated with a committee that is focusing on making improvements to the Strip.
The ordinance states:
"It is unlawful for any person to sell, peddle, offer to sell or solicit for sale by offering or displaying any merchandise, goods, items, wares or services on an unimproved or unimproved portion of a public right-of-way, including private property upon which a limited easement of otherwise expressly permitted by this code or state statue."
The first change in laws governing activities on the Strip will be introduced Tuesday at the county commission meeting.
However, this won't end Strip issues. The bigger problem are the card slappers -- those guys who slap card-sized advertisements of near-naked women at passing tourists. The card slappers are protected by First Amendment free-speech rights and won't be so easily driven away.
Commissioners agreed in April to spend $581,000 to study pedestrian traffic -- something that had not been done in some 20 years. The study will help find bottlenecks-- possibly caused by peddlers -- that are known to force pedestrians to walk in the street.
If that is found to be the case, some of the card slappers could be identified as safety hazards, which might lead to ordinances that require them to be more spread out on the Strip.