Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods of the year.

And AAA is predicting that this year will be no different. The automobile association is estimating that 50.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this holiday weekend.

About 89 percent of the travelers will be making their journeys by road, according to AAA.

And local law enforcement officials are urging motorists to allow themselves plenty of time to reach their destinations.

“Be patient because there will be a lot of travelers on the roadways,” Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley said.

For people who are planning extended trips, it is a good idea to let others know what time they plan to leave and arrive as well as the route they will take, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.

Kitchens noted that cell phones and many other devices are equipped with GPS technology.

“If you're taking a trip, it's helpful to have that stuff activated as well,” he said.

He said this can help in locating a traveler if something goes wrong.

Sherley suggested that travelers check the weather forecast for their planned destinations. He recommended traveling with things such as flashlights, batteries and blankets in vehicles in case of breakdowns.

Sherley said travelers should be sure to wear their seat belts.

Kitchens cautions motorists against driving after drinking alcohol or allowing themselves to become distracted while behind the wheel.

Kitchens also cautioned drivers about the potential for deer entering roadways.

This is considered the peak season for car-deer accidents.

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