As Windsor-Essex rings in a whole new decade, police will be out full force making sure it’s a safe start.
A major focus for Windsor police is ensuring the roads are safe.
“There's going to be more traffic, have patience, plan where you're going to be parking and have an idea of what your route is going to be so you're not caught off guard and running behind no one wants to be pressured for time," says Sgt. Steve Betteridge.
Betteridge tells CTV News that officers do not want to encounter any drunk drivers.
"If you're going to be consuming drugs, if you're going to be consuming alcohol, plan ahead, before you even set out on the night to celebrate, have a plan of how to get home," says Betteridge.
There are plenty of options for New Year’s Eve celebrations in Windsor-Essex.
A family celebration is taking place at the WFCU Centre in east Windsor. It’s the 14th Annual New Year’s Eve-ning.
It includes skating, swimming and other fun activities from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
In LaSalle, the Vollmer Culture and Recreation Complex has early activities planned. Free swimming and skating began at 1 p.m. and will continue all afternoon Tuesday. Officials say these events always reach capacity.
Fireworks are also planned for 7:30 p.m. at the centre.
The display will be launched from the outdoor pavilion near the splash pad.
There are numerous New Year’s Eve celebrations around the city to celebrate the coming decade, including at many halls, such as the Caboto Club, Ciocaro Club and Fogolar Furlan and the Riverside Royal Canadian Legion.
Every year, the folks at Vets Cab gear up for a busy night.
“If you're in the downtown core you're probably best served by going out and hailing a cab," says general manager Walter Bezzina.
At Kurley’s bar on Erie Street, the party starts early to avoid the post-midnight rush.
“We do it a little different here, we do an afternoon party,” says bartender Chris Kelly.
Staff members say they want to keep serving you well past Jan. 1, so they say take an Uber, call a cab, hop on a bus, just make sure you get home safe.
"Have as much fun as you want, just plan ahead make sure you got a ride home, call a cab, walk home! We don't care as long as your safe," says Kelly.