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March 6, 2014

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12 LASVEGASWEEKLY.COM MARCH 612, 2014 ACCIDENT BY STEVE MARCUS; SIMON BY RICHARD BRIAN GO BOTTOMLESS! Brunch that is, at these local spots Last week the New York City Hospitality Alliance indicated it would begin enforcing a little-known law that bans establishments from oering an unlimited amount of alcoholic drinks during a set time period or for a set price. Of course, this would be blasphemy in Las Vegas, and some New Yorkers found the practice pretty sacrilegious, too, taking their discontent over the banning of beloved drunch (drunken brunch) to social media. (Check out BuzzFeed's "12 Dismayed Reactions To 'Bottomless Brunch' Being Illegal in NYC" for a few choice examples, like, "you will have to pry bottomless brunch out of my cold dead hands"). The NYCHA has since clariied that the law only concerns unlimited drinks when "the service of alcohol is incidental to the event." But really, if New Yorkers are so infatuated with downing multiple Bloody Marys every Sunday morning, they should be brunching in Las Vegas! There are more than a few fabulous options for getting your OJ-and-bubbly ix all morning long in the Valley. We suggest you start with these: MTO Café $15 bottomless mimosas—all day, every day (score!). Simon at Palms Place Kerry Simon's signature brunch wouldn't be complete without bottomless beverages—$20.50 for mimosas or Marys. La Cave at Wynn Bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys during the Sunday butler brunch, for an all-inclusive price of $48. DW Bistro $20 bottomless mimosas during Sunday brunch, which oers à la carte temptations like jerk chicken and wales and blueberry white chocolate scones. –Mark Adams In a move Las Vegas Metro police say will free them up to dramatically expand traffic law enforcement, as of March 3, the department will no longer respond to accidents in which no one is hurt. To put that in perspective, Metro responded to 23,000 accidents in 2013, 13,000 of which were property damage only. Metro spokesman Larry Hadfield says that means you'll be acting as your own investigator in most cases from now on. But if you don't investigate cor- rectly, it could cost you down the road in higher insurance premiums, according to Micah Bleecher, owner of the Bleecher Insurance Agency: "The one who has the best docu- mentation is the one who's going to be okay." Don't panic. Here's your Weekly primer on making sure you don't get screwed after your next fender- bender. (And remember, if you're on a state highway or interstate, none of this applies, so just call 911.) Get your car to the side of the road. (If you can't because of the damage, call 911 and the police will come.) Then make sure you're okay before getting out of your vehicle. (If you feel you're hurt in any way, call 911.) Observe the other driver's behavior. If he or she is agitated, aggressive or won't cooperate, get the police involved. Once you know the situation is safe, exchange information, includ- ing names, addresses, phone num- bers, driver's licenses, insurance and vehicle information (including make, model, license plate number and VIN) and the names and addresses of the registered owners. If there are any passengers or witnesses present, get their names and phone numbers, too. Get out your phone and take photos and video of the accident scene. Some insurance companies offer smartphone apps that help you gather visual evidence. Call your insurance company. Go to dmvnv.com and down- load and fill out an SR-1 "Report of Traffic Accident" form. If the other driver has no insur- ance, you don't need to call Metro— there's an area on the SR-1 form to note that information. Once your form is on file, the insurance com- pany can use it the same way they would use a police report. In practice, it sounds promising, but Bleecher says not to be surprised if this makes insurance rates go up. "I'm not sure that citizens are going to be as good as officers" in accurate- ly reporting accident information, Bleecher says, stressing the impor- tance of taking both video footage and pictures. Without visual information, he says Metro's new policy "could make assig ning responsibilit y to accidents much more difficult. It could mean more labor, more inves- tigation, more administrative costs for insurance companies," which, no doubt, will be passed along to the consumer. And as for personal injury law- suits? Buckle up, Bleecher says. "I think it's going to end up helping the Glen Lerners of the world. There's going to be a lot more litigation, I would think. Things are going to be more difficult to prove." AS WE SEE IT… SO YOU HAVE AN ACCIDENTNOW WHAT? How to report your own wreck, 'cause Metro won't be there to check BY KEN MILLER > CRASH COURSE Starting March 3, many drivers will have to begin investigating their own accidents. 12_AWSI_2_20140306_ML.indd 12 3/5/14 1:30 PM

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