SAVANNAH, GA: (December 29, 2014): Metro Police are asking celebrants of the New Year in downtown Savannah to show caution and patience while navigating expected heavy crowds.

The holiday usually brings heavy foot traffic to the downtown area where alcoholic beverages traditionally are served. Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police are asking drivers in particular to  help avoid celebrants who may be more focused on celebrations than caution by driving more slowly, looking out for others and showing patience. Extra foot traffic is expected around Rousakis Plaza where the Savannah Waterfront Association is sponsoring the annual fireworks.

Additional patrols will be assigned to the downtown area during the festivities from early evening until late into the morning. River Street will be closed to vehicle traffic as early as 7:30 p.m. and some sections of it may be closed earlier to allow for setup.

City parking garages will be open with a flat charge of $5 per vehicle upon entry after 5 p.m.