Check FDOT's 511 for Busy Labor Day Weekend Traffic Updates

By: FDOT Press Release Email
By: FDOT Press Release Email

Thursday, August 30, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Travelers can expect heavy traffic this Labor Day weekend with 1.4 million travelers across Florida projected to hit the road. This is an estimated 3 percent increase from Labor Day traffic last year, according to AAA. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages those traveling this holiday weekend to use the 511 Traveler Information System to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion, construction and more on all of Florida’s interstates and toll roads.

Travelers can call 511, visit, download the 511 app on iTunes or follow 511 on Twitter. For custom travel alerts, register for My Florida 511 personalized services on Users can register their vacation routes online to hear information on that route first when calling 511. Travelers can also register to receive traffic alerts via phone call, text message or email. 511 callers can transfer to Florida’s major airports on the 511 phone system.

“511 is an important safety tool for travelers to use before they get on the road,” said Mark Wilson, State Traffic Operations Engineer, FDOT. “Now, travelers can receive 511 traffic updates in more ways than ever before. When you know before you go, you can make informed travel decisions, avoid crashes and congestion and stay safe on the roadway.”

FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.

Check out the Florida 511 Twitter feeds for traffic updates:

· FL511 Statewide

· FL511 Northeast

· FL511 Panhandle

· FL511 Central Florida

· FL511 Tampa Bay

· FL511 Southeast

· FL511 Southwest

· FL511 I-4

· FL511 I-10

· FL511 I-75

· FL511 I-95

· FL511 Florida’s Turnpike

Safety Tips

· Call 511 before driving, at a rest area or have a passenger call to avoid talking while driving

· Customize your trip at before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone

· 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 (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.)

· 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

· The 511 phone call and website are available in English and Spanish

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