"511" a Useful Tool for Drivers Evacuating for Hurricanes

With Wilma on an apparent collision course with southwest Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to use the special traffic hotline "511" to find out about congested evacuation routes in central and south Florida instead of tying up emergency phone lines.

MAJ Ernesto Duarte says, “If you’re stuck in a jam on I-75 or I-4 in central Florida, instead of calling 911, we urge you to call 511 and it will provide information, updated information that will definitely assist you."

For information on the Florida Traffic Hotline, log on to www.dot.state.fl.us/publicinformationoffice/traveler.htm.