JOPLIN, MO.--- A national study estimates 112,000 drivers get a ticket everyday. While numbers aren't nearly that high in Joplin, police show numbers were up slightly in 2013. Joplin police show there were 26,032 violations issued in fiscal year 2013. That starts with speeding tickets.
It also covers other moving violations as well as criminal violations that could land you in court. The total is up from 2012, a difference of about 4%. It's also well below the five year average of 27,600. Officers point out that enforcing moving violations specifically helps impact other areas like traffic crashes by reminding drivers to avoid bad habits.
"One thing a citation is supposed to do is help change those habits, make people more conscious of that. And yes, there's a penalty as far as their violation of the law. More importantly, it is to affect that driving behavior, alter those driving habits and reduce crashes," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department.
While the month of January saw 2,500 violations issued, February is typically one of the lowest totals of the year.
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