Preparing for Thanksgiving traffic

BRISTOL, Va. - The day before Thanksgiving is always a busy day for traveling, and this year is expected to be no different.

AAA projects 43.6 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles over the holiday weekend, and law enforcement are already preparing.

"75 percent of troopers in the Commonwealth of Virginia will be on the roads at some point during the holiday weekend," said Mike Willis of the Virginia State Police.

There's a heightened sense of alert on the roadways during the holidays, and officers say the roads are already seeing more traffic, leaving some to hit the road earlier to beat Wednesday's crowd.

Christina Lagerson is traveling from Jackson, Tenn. to Washington D.C. and she said, "The roads have been kind of busy, almost like you need another lane each way."

Willis said, "You've got an increased volume, and people are in a hurry to go see grandma or something like that; they just need to take their time."

Willis worked a fatal crash earlier on the interstate and reminds everyone to buckle up, put down cell phones and allow for extra time. "Drive the speed limit because getting somewhere five minutes earlier is not worth being the next fatality statistic," said Willis.

Allowing extra time to for your travel plans may make a big difference, and also be prepared; Sunday is expected to be a big travel day as well as everyone makes their way back home.

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