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Joplin Police Ramp Up Patrols This Holiday Weekend

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JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

Joplin Police are trying to do their part in making sure the area is safe, despite general expectations that there will be more drunk driving.

The Joplin Police Department hopes to keep dangerous drivers off the streets.

The police department has ramped up its presence this holiday evening to create a safe environment for folks out enjoying festivities this fourth of July.

Statistically speaking holidays that fall on weekends have higher levels of traffic and more partying, which can result in a higher number of accidents than usual, and adding fireworks to the mix can even create problems on the road.

"You have people shooting up fireworks. You have kids playing in the streets and you have people drinking. And the kids they don't pay attention because they're looking up at the sky and just having a good time. A lot of the people driving are doing the exact same thing. So one of the main things we want to focus on is letting the parents know to be mindful of their kids. They need to pay more attention to 'em now than they would on other days. Just because no one is paying attention,” says Corporal Joshua Hanes.

According to the national highway transportation safety administration crashes over the last five years on 4th of July contributed to thirty nine percent of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities from 2009 to 2013. JPD will have extra officers on the streets looking for impaired drivers throughout the holiday weekend. 

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