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Does crime happen less often when cameras are present?

You walk into a hotel in Las Vegas, and you instantly notice that they have security cameras all over the place. Behind the desk. In the lobby. Near the elevators. In the halls. Everywhere you turn, you see cameras watching your every move.

You decide that this must mean the hotel sees a lot of crime and doesn't offer a safe place for you to stay. You switch to another establishment, where you don't see any cameras. You take this as a sign that crime levels remain low and they don't need the cameras, so you feel safer and you book a room.

Doctor: Drug use is not a moral problem

If you get arrested on drug possession charges in Nevada, or if you get caught using illegal drugs, the reaction from friends and family members may be predictable: They're shocked and even angry that you made this decision. They don't know how you could have put your future in jeopardy like this.

What they don't know is that you never made that choice. And, in some ways, you're just as shocked and confused as they are.

Pedestrian accidents: Common causes and how to stay safe

It doesn't matter if you live in Las Vegas or are visiting to have some fun, there's a good chance you'll regularly consider yourself a pedestrian. For example, many people spend a lot of time walking up and down the Strip, visiting one casino after the next.

Even with a variety of safety features in place, you're still at risk of being injured in a pedestrian-car accident. There are many common causes of these accidents, including:

  • Distracted driving: If a driver is looking at the bright lights of the casinos, as opposed to the road, they're more likely to strike a pedestrian.
  • Speeding: With so many pedestrians in the area, drivers must take extra caution in regard to how fast they're driving.
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians: Drivers are expected to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, giving them the ability to safely make it to the other side of the road.
  • Failure to use turn signals: If a driver neglects to use a turn signal, a pedestrian may get the wrong impression about what they're doing.
  • Disregard for traffic conditions: Las Vegas is well known for heavy traffic, which can result in aggressive and reckless driving. This increases the risk of an accident with another vehicle or pedestrian.
  • Driving under the influence: Many people love Las Vegas because of their ability to party at all times of the day and night. There's nothing wrong with having a good time, but drinking and driving puts everyone at risk.

Are you riding with a distracted driver?

As a passenger, it is easy enough to trust the driver you're with and fiddle around on your phone until you get to your destination. You don't think they'll make a mistake or put you in danger. You probably don't even spend all that much time watching the road or watching the driver.

Maybe you should. After all, you are literally putting your life in that person's hands. If they get distracted and cause an accident, you could be the one who suffers some serious injuries.

What does a grand jury do?

You get arrested and charged with a crime in Nevada, and your case goes before a grand jury. What does this mean for you? What is the grand jury trying to decide? If this is your first time dealing with the criminal justice system, you may face a fair amount of confusion that can make everything seem far more complicated than it really is. It's important to know where you stand and how the process works.

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Selling imitation drugs is still illegal

A friend has been dealing drugs for some time, and you've always envied this source of income. When you mention it, your friend offers to get you into the business. You express your doubts because of the illegality of it, and your friend counters by telling you that he just sells imitation drugs so it's not dangerous and it's not illegal.

Is that true? If you take your friend at his word and get caught selling it, the decision you make could impact the rest of your life. How much do you trust that information?

Preparation tips for your criminal court trial

Criminal court is not an easy thing to "handle' from an emotional perspective. During this potentially nerve-wracking process, you will be prone to agitation, anxiety and fear. This is why you need to get prepared beforehand.

Here are a few things that defendants can do to prepare for a criminal trial:

Drone incident leaves woman with permanent injuries

For most gambling enthusiasts, the worst thing to result from a trip to Las Vegas is a five-alarm hangover and an empty wallet. But some hapless visitors may wish those were the only negative consequences they endured. The fact is that there are many pitfalls that can befall tourists here in the hotels and casinos that line the Vegas strip.

Most of those unfortunate incidents typically involve slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls in and around the casinos, or perhaps in the guests' lodging areas. Disturbances from other tourists who may be drunk or disorderly sometimes escalate into physical altercations that can injure bystanders as well. Still, those type of incidents can happen anywhere people gather and are not considered to be unusual.

The signs of serious brain injuries after car accidents

You're crossing the street when a distracted driver slams into you in the crosswalk. Your head hits the hood of the car and then the pavement. You wake up in the hospital.

Or, maybe you're the designated driver for a group of friends in Vegas. You drive safely, but another driver gets drunk at the casinos and still tries to drive back to their Airbnb. They cross the center line and hit your car head-on. The airbag does go off, but your head still hits the side window as your car spins.

Las Vegas roads made less safe by drunk and distracted drivers

The tourism board for Las Vegas likes to tell people that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Unfortunately, that simply isn't always the case. All too often, visitors to this beautiful city may wind up severely hurt through the wrongful actions of another person. The end result can be a mistake from Vegas that haunts someone for years.

The debauchery and gambling that are so popular on the strip also lend themselves to bad decisions by drivers headed home after all of the fun. Drunk drivers and distracted drivers both pose a significant threat to anyone traveling in Las Vegas, whether they are driving or walking on foot to the next casino on their agenda.

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