TALLAHASSEE – As millions of families and students pack up for Spring Break road trips, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wants everyone to stay safe on the roads. FDOT reminds travelers to use its 511 Traveler Information System to get up-to-date traffic reports before hitting the road.
FDOT’s 511 system is updated with information on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, allowing students to hear updates on crashes, congestion, construction and more.
There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:
· Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
· Visit FL511.com, with 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.
For those taking to the air or sea during Spring Break, Florida 511 provides free phone transfers to Florida’s airports and seaports. If traveling out of state, drivers can transfer to neighboring 511 systems in Georgia and Louisiana to find out if traffic backups lie ahead.
FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
Traffic Updates on Twitter
For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds:
· Check 511 before driving, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
· 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.)
· FL511.com provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and e-mail, text and phone call alerts.
· Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
· The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish.