AAA is predicting that 107.3 million people in the United States will be traveling for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The automobile association anticipates that a majority of the travelers, 97.4 million, will be on the roadways.

AAA is predicting that 107.3 million people in the United States will be traveling for the Christmas and New Year's holidays. The automobile association anticipates that a majority of the travelers, 97.4 million, will be on the roadways.

Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, encourages people who plan to travel by automobile to allow plenty of time to reach their destinations.

"It will help if you run into some unplanned event," he said.

Winter weather has not been an issue in the Leavenworth area. But Nicodemus recommends that travelers check the weather forecast for their intended routes and plan accordingly. He said potential delays associated with winter weather should be factored into travel time.

"Make sure your car is ready for the trip," Nicodemus said.

He also encourages travels to wear their seat belts and use the appropriate child safety seats.

City of Basehor officials are encouraging residents to protect their homes from being burglarized while they are away.

In an email newsletter, the city offered tips for discouraging burglars from targeting local residences. The tips include alerting neighbors to report suspicious activities. Trusted neighbors also can be asked to pick up packages, mail and newspapers for residents who are away.

Residents can set up timers to turn on the interior lights of their homes at night while they are away, or they can ask neighbors to turn on exterior lights.

Residents also may want to consider leaving vehicles parked in their driveways while they are away.

Residents also can padlock their garage doors and unplug electric garage door openers.

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