It's a time for fireworks, flags, and...fatal accidents?
That's according to a new study by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
The report estimates about 140 deaths will happen on the roads tomorrow on Independence Day, and 10 percent of that number are teens.
Joplin resident Samantha Rojas says, "It's outrageous but then again thinking our age group a lot of us like to drink, party and go gout and don't really think about it."
A shocking number but Missouri Highway Patrol Officers say it can happen.
Sgt. Mike Watson says, "If you look at the 4th of july holiday over the last few years it's been our highest holiday travel time as far as the number of crashes and fatalities that we've had."
Last year on the 4th they had 14 deaths.
Sgt. Watson says, "You got drinking and driving, drowsy driving, and you got people just not paying attention."
And it's not just distracted driving...the warmer weather could be a factor too.
Sgt. Watson says, "You'll be outside especially in this heat..maybe not staying hydrated and your body is more tired and you have to drive."
So Sgt. Watson says to lower the amount of preventable deaths to follow these simple rules.
"Drive rested, get a D.D. if alcohol is in your plans and buckle up."
Something Rojas plans to do.
Rojas says, "D.'ding trying to help my friends and make sure their careful... keep an eye out for my peers."