LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- They were creating logjams on the sidewalks along the Strip, making it tough for tourists to get around.
So Clark County commissioners passed a law to get rid of street vendors selling everything from water to T-shirts.
And it looks like it's working, according to police and county leaders.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officer Bill Cassell and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak say strip vendors look like they've received the message they are no longer welcome. But that doesn't mean they're completely gone.
It used to be that any given day on the Las Vegas Strip, you'd walk out and practically have goods showered upon you. Sisolak says it turned into a circus.
“Half of them are selling water, and then you have people selling tickets and selling trips and CDs and the various share of things that they were vending in the past,” he said.
But now he says things are doing a lot better.
While there are some vendors still lingering, the number has drastically gone down.
Metro has stepped up its patrol since the ordinance passed last month.
“It's kinda like speeding,” Cassell said. “You still see people speeding all the time down the street. Just because a law exists (doesn’t mean) that the activity that that law made it illegal will immediately stop.”
The ordinance also targeted costumed workers, anyone asking for money in a public right of way.
This week, commissioners approved a litter ban to cut down even more on peddler activity. That will not go into effect for another two weeks.