Tallahassee – Commuters and parents alike can expect an increase in traffic beginning early August as millions of students head back to school. To help everyone prepare for this increase in traffic, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages travelers to use 511 to stay up to date on crashes, congestion, construction and more on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways.
“More than 2.6 million students and 500,000 staff members are getting ready for another school year in the Florida public school system,” said Florida Department of Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. “In addition to traditional back-to-school preparations, educating yourself on travel tools, such as 511, is one way to set you and your kids up for success in the new school year.”
There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:
· Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
· Visit FL511.comfor interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
· Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.
In addition to traffic information on Florida roadways, travelers can transfer to public transit agencies to receive public transit information by calling 511. FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
Traffic Updates on Twitter
For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the FL511 Twitter feeds:
- Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
- Customize your trip at FL511.com before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone.
- Leave yourself ample time to reach your destination to avoid feeling rushed.
- Take regular breaks and rotate drivers during long trips to avoid driving while fatigued.
- Always wear a safety belt.
- Don’t drink and drive.
Florida 511 Features
- Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
- Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.
- Public transit, airport and seaport information.
- AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
- Travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and email, text and phone call alerts, available on FL511.com.
- Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
- The 511 phone call and FL511.com website available in English and Spanish.
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