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Drivers Heading Home after Thanksgiving Holiday

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As the Thanksgiving weekend comes to a close, so does one of the busiest travel weekends in the United States.

Triple A estimated more than 39 million people drove to their holiday destination.

Drivers heading in all directions know this is a dangerous time to be driving home for the holidays.

And that's why Rhomel West says he and his family - who are traveling to Minnesota aren't rushing the trip.

"We just make plenty of stops. You know you have to stop when you need to stop, maybe take a nap on the road, whatever you have to do, but we do what we have to do to get there," says West.  

That's exactly what Illinois State Trooper Mike Kindhardt says needs to happen... especially on a major travel day like today.

"We know that driving drowsy on the way home on that last peak day of Sunday is something that's very important. We need to make sure you take a couple extra hours of sleep, make sure someone is staying awake with you, and again nothing wrong with stopping every so often and getting out of the car," says Kindhart.

Ryan Walker is passing through the Tri-State area to get back to Columbia from Iowa.

He says he's been warned about how this weekend can be more dangerous than others.

"Especially on these types of weekends you know, people might be a little tired. I'm just naturally always keeping my eyes on the road, always looking at people in front of me to make sure they're not doing anything too erratic while they're driving," says Walker.

The average distance people are driving is 588 miles.

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