Firefighters urge caution on roadways during Fourth of July

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR) - As you celebrate our country’s Independence Tuesday, chances are you are going to be kicking back with a cold one. KSPR News wants you to be safe as well as have a good time.

Some local stores managers said they have been busy this past weekend and could be busy Tuesday.

"It's raining. It's a random Tuesday. They're still coming in here supporting us. Without them, we wouldn't be here," said Matthew Nava, who is the Assistant Manager at Brown Derby International Wine Center.

As many of you celebrate life and liberty, some people are pursuing happiness at the Brown Derby International Wine Center.

"We have some champagne and some cheaper stuff to take the edge off," said Ben Click, who is enjoying the Fourth of July.

The manager said sales are up compared to last year with people like Ben Click and Crystal Hartley coming here before celebrating.

"We're getting married," Click said.

They have been together 16 years.

"It's been a long time coming," said Hartley.

"We decided on this date two weeks ago," Click said.

"Just seemed like the right time," Hartley said.

As they travel to Branson, Springfield firefighters are busy and said they and you may notice more traffic.

"There's a lot more car accidents," said Brian Athen, who is a Springfield Firefighters Battalion Chief. "The congestion around the big events will cause traffic problems. We recommend people plan more time for travel time."

That is a suggestion the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. will take to heart.

"We'll put this in the trunk and we'll drink it when we get there," finished Click.

Officers are looking for people who are drinking and driving. So remember stay sober or get a ride as you enjoy the Fourth of July.

Here is what else firefighters want you to do to be safe:
- Don't shoot fireworks within Springfield city limits. Sparklers and novelty items are allowed.
- Go to a community display.
- Wait twenty minutes after shooting fireworks before throwing away the debris.
- Always keep a bucket of water near you when you shoot them.

If you would like to hear what Nava's drinking recommendations, you can click the above videos for this web exclusive.