That's the wording on one of the more famous signs on the entire planet of ours. This star sits just south of Mandalay Bay in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard South, or like many call it casually the Strip. It was designed in 1959, certainly a few moons ago, by Betty Willis who still resides in town. In those days her skills at neon design were supposed to convince Californians to come back and do a little gambling and from what I know, the sign has done its job real well.
So driving north towards town you would read Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas on the face of the sign. On the other hand, when you are leaving the gambling mecca heading south, the reverse side says fittingly Drive Carefully. See, the casinos are concerned about your well-being. But today's visitors regrettably haven't paid that much attention to those two words. When they want their pictures taken in front of it, they've become rather determined. They bravely dash across three lanes of traffic with their lives hanging on the balance, they park rental cars in the middle of the boulevard, they ask taxis and limousines to drop them off right there blocking traffic, they do just about anything to make it to the sign for pictures.
So, the location has become a unique hazard by being so popular. At last Clark County has had it with the horror stories it keeps generating. The gavel came down recently with a bang and it's going to build a small parking lot in the wide median right in front of the icon. When it's completed in the months ahead, the newlyweds, film crews, tourists, showgirls and the rest can cruise over in peace for their photo op. Saving innocent lives is always a relief.