JOPLIN, MO.--- Black Friday is now just three days away, and that means shoppers are plotting strategies. Joplin police are also getting ready for the surge in traffic that comes with it. Drivers on the road Friday morning, and even Thursday night will have a lot of competition, both in stores and in traffic.
Doorbuster prices with a quick deadline means the amount of traffic explodes during the unofficial start of Christmas shopping. Joplin police are adding extra officers to patrol retail areas at that time. The left turn lane from Geneva to West 4th Street will be close to allow for better traffic flow. Officers add a little patience will go a long way.
"Will pay off greatly as far as frustration - dealing with all that. Also, to remind people that traffic is a system. Use the lanes appropriately, don't use the turn lane as a merge lane. And you might have to allow people in and out," said Sgt. Rusy Rives, Joplin Police Department.
Officers say to expect heavy traffic for Black Friday. Be prepared to wait two or even three light cycles at intersections. You might think of it like this - one wreck and you'll wipe out all those Black Friday savings.
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