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Travelers Take To The Highways For The Holidays

Reported by: Send eMail Leslie Rubin
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Also Contributing: Associated Press
Reported: Dec. 25, 2013 10:29 AM EST
Updated: Dec. 25, 2013 10:52 AM EST

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Holiday Travel
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

As you prepare to travel to your holiday destination, there are ways to make sure you and your family are safe - and it's as easy as logging onto the internet or picking up your smartphone.

Triple A predicts 94.5 million people will travel 50 miles or more this Christmas to see family and friends.

West Virginia State Police were weighing in on how to best stay safe if you're one of those travelers. Troopers said to check ahead on road conditions with the 511 app managed by the Department of Transportation.

Troopers were also taking a proactive approach at keeping in contact with you this holiday season. Earlier this week, they launched their new State Police app which has the ability to send out mass messages in case of an emergency.

Meanwhile, motorists can expect to see more troopers patrolling West Virginia's highways this week. State police spokesman Sgt. Michael Baylous said troopers will be out in force during the holidays.

Baylous asks West Virginians to show courtesy to out-of-state motorists who might not be familiar with the state. He also asks motorists to use common sense.

AP contributed to this report.



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