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EDC concertgoers mean big business, traffic concerns

Posted at 10:14 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-18 02:57:27-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The 3-day music marathon known as EDC brings in hundreds of thousands of visitors to Las Vegas, but it also means public safety and security are top priorities.

The Las Vegas lights always shine bright, but when EDC comes to town, they mix into a dazzling display of colorful and even outlandish costumes.

"So, it was supposed to be like an Aloha thing, but it turned out to be just flowers, but it's OK I'm still cute," said EDC concert attendee Marion Gonzales while describing her elaborate outfit.

The Fremont Street experience played host to several EDC concertgoers before they headed to the speedway, Friday.

This year, a downtown shuttle helped usher people to the event.

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"I'm a big fan of EDC," said Derek Stevens, co-owner of The D Hotel and Casino.

"I go every year and boy it's great for the town, great for rooms," added Stevens.

Stevens says his property welcomes EDC attendees, but they don't always take advantage of the casino's bread and butter.

"It would be great if we had a little bit more casino play, but EDC brings a lot of people Las Vegas that's great for the town," said Stevens.

On the outskirts of town at the speedway, the careful choreography of moving more than 150,000 people is in the hands of the Nevada Highway Patrol.

"For the Nevada Highway Patrol, EDC is very similar to New Year's Eve, it is all hands on deck,' said Trooper Travis Smaka.

Smaka says dozens of troopers are positioned at every entry and exit plus on the roadways surrounding the speedway.

"Those who choose to drive themselves and then come out here and take anything that may impair their ability to drive, it's against the law, and they will be going to jail," said Smaka.

"We do have our graveyard troopers and other troopers on patrol on the I 15," added Smaka.

The DUI strike team will be out patrolling all weekend long to make sure impaired drivers are arrested and taken off the roads.