Prepare for Labor Day Travel with Florida 511

By: FDOT Press Release
By: FDOT Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - September 1, 2011 --

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages travelers to prepare for Labor Day traffic by using the Florida 511 Traveler Information System. Travelers can access traffic information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways by:

· Dialing 5-1-1

· Visiting FL511.com

· Downloading the Florida 511 app on iTunes

· Registering for My Florida 511 personalized services on FL511.com

Labor Day is one of the most dangerous weekends for roadway travel according to the National Safety Council. A study comparing traffic deaths between 2003 and 2008 showed a 15.7 percent increase in traffic deaths Labor Day weekend versus non-holiday, three-day weekends.

The Florida 511 system is a safety resource from FDOT so travelers can know about roadway conditions before they get on the road. By knowing about crashes, construction and congestion in advance, travelers can choose to take an alternate route and stay calm on the road.

“FDOT’s primary mission is to provide a safe transportation system for Florida’s residents and visitors,” said FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad. “The Florida 511 system helps travelers make better decisions by informing them of traffic before they get on the road this holiday weekend.”

The Florida 511 app is the newest addition to FDOT’s suite of resources for traffic information. It is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. In addition to traffic and travel times, the app allows travelers to see traffic before getting on the highway. FDOT’s traffic camera views are now included in the app in association with traffic incidents and congestion. The 511 app uses the iPhone’s GPS tracking to provide users with traffic information and travel times within miles of their location.

Safety Tips:

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

Customize your trip at FL511.com 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, lane closures, construction and severe weather affecting travel

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.)

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

The 511 phone call and FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish


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