JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin streets are seeing a drop in car crashes, a decrease that continues a trend set during the last couple of years. Joplin police logged 126 accidents for the month. It's a 9% decrease from January 2013 and the lowest January total in at least eight years.
Joplin officers are working toward a 6% decrease from the 2013 total. They say they are using a combination of enforcement, education and engineering to try and lower the numbers. That includes keeping a close eye on the busiest roads, like Range Line, 7th and 32nd streets. Sergeant Rusty Rives says Main Street is also on their radar.
"South Main, we're expecting to see an increase in traffic. Especially, down around the interstate area when the hospital gets up. You know there's all kinds of construction going down through there. So that's something we'll be very mindful of. I know engineering is paying a lot of attention with MODOT throughout the city," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department.
Joplin finished 2013 with a total of 1,762 wrecks, a 7% decrease from the year before.
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