MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Beale Street has instituted a policy that increases safety by charging visitors a new fee.

WMC-TV reports visitors arriving at midnight Saturday or later had to pay a $10 charge to get past a security checkpoint and onto the iconic street in Memphis.

The station reports the special event cover charge paid for 23 extra security officers.

Many who were visiting along the street said they didn't mind paying the extra fee.

Merchants said it is the first of many changes they are making to keep Beale Street safe for everyone.