Officials warn drivers ahead of Thanksgiving travel

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) More travelers are expected to hit the roads this Thanksgiving weekend compared to last year.

AAA projects more than 48 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles.

And the South Dakota Highway Patrol is kicking into high gear ahead of the traffic.

Officials warn drivers to plan ahead - including watching for weather updates and preparing for an emergency on the road.

Also be aware of your surroundings and tell family and friends where you're going.

Trooper Sheldon Brakke, with the South Dakota Highway Patrol, said "Increased traffic. Anytime there's a major holiday that comes to the weekends - there's a lot more people traveling throughout the weekends then there are during the weekdays. But, when you get to any of these events that you're going to see family for Christmas or Thanksgiving, you're going to see higher volume travel."

Officials say troopers will be more visible on the roads this weekend.