Joplin streets see an uptick in car crashes in September. Joplin logged 158 accidents - seven more than in August. But not the total is well below the seven year average of 186.
And year to date numbers are down. But officers say there's no guarantee that will hold in the next couple of months. November and December typically see more traffic during the holidays along with a rise in wrecks. So they're reminding drivers to be prepared.
Joplin Police Sgt. Rusty Rives said, "We want to make sure that drivers are aware of their surroundings. Make sure they're limiting their distractions. Plan ahead and be patient. With the increased traffic flow, light cycles might back up and the big thing we're worried about are those injuries."
Historically, Joplin sees the highest number of wrecks at the end of the year.