JOPLIN, MO.--- The hustle and bustle of the holiday season often means bad news for drivers, this is one of the worst times of the year for wrecks on Joplin roads. Joplin police officers say there were just a couple of accidents in the Black Friday shopping rush. November statistics came in well below the monthly average.
In an eight year timeframe, there have been about 176 crashes per month. Last month, the total was just 138 - the lowest number for the month of November in those eight years. Joplin Police Sergeant Rusty Rives points out that weather and holiday traffic often play a role, which will continue to be a challenge in December.
"You have more people coming to do their shopping, those last minute shoppers trying to get everything lined out and get those last minute deals. You look at that and the weather coming up, those two kind of mixed together. We do see a higher trend on the weekends, our accident numbers do tend to go up," said Sgt. Rusty Rives, Joplin Police Department.
So it's a good idea to practice defensive driving through December. This month usually sees a spike in wrecks - averaging nearly 200 for the month.
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