Ring Out 2016 and Ring in 2017 with Florida 511, Safe Travels

gateway-to-florida-imageArrive safely and on time to all of your year-end holiday events with traffic info from FDOT

Whether you will be driving home or going on vacation during the holidays, Florida drivers and visitors should plan ahead with Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 Traveler Information System.

According to AAA, more than 4.8 million people will travel on Florida roadways during the year-end holidays to drop in on family, attend parties and visit the many famous attractions and theme parks throughout the state. Drivers can learn of incidents and congestion before they hit the road by checking the Florida 511 mobile app, which can be downloaded free on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Other convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:

  • Visit FL511.com for an interactive map showing crashes, construction, congestion, travel times and traffic camera views.
  • Sign up for a My Florida 511 personalized services account at FL511.com to create custom routes and register for email or text alerts.
  • Call 511 toll-free from any phone in Florida for real-time traffic updates.
  • Follow one or more of the 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511).

FDOT encourages everyone to check 511 to know before you go for a safe and on-time arrival. Check Florida 511 before driving or have a passenger check to avoid using a phone while driving.

What FDOT is doing to help keep you safe on the roadways:

  • Road Rangers We have a team of Road Rangers patrolling our roads and helping you get back on your way.
  • Intelligent Transportation System The Intelligent Transportation System is in place to help keep you informed. You will know if there is anything ahead that may slow you down.
  • Regional Transportation Management Center The Regional Transportation Management Center is a cutting- edge facility that houses multiple agencies to get you help as quickly as possible.
  • 511 App and Website The 511 App and Website are available to get traffic info and check your planned route. Know before you go!
  • Rapid Incident Scene Clearance The Rapid Incident Scene Clearance program is in place to restore the flow of traffic as quickly as possible when 2 or more lanes are blocked.

What you can do:

  • Avoid distractions Distracted driving is anything that takes your hands off the wheel, your eyes off the road or your mind off driving. Distracted driving crashes made up more than 12% of all crashes in Florida in 2015. More than 45,000 crashes occurred by distracted drivers in Florida in 2015, resulting in more than 200 fatalities and more than 39,000 injuries.
  • Follow the speed limit Not only is it the law, but our roadways our designed for safety at the posted speed.
  • Keep a safe distance For every 10 mph of speed, stay at least one vehicle length behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • Use caution in work zones Our construction crews are putting their lives in your hands. They want to go home like everyone else.
  • Always Buckle Up It’s the law and an estimated 55% of those killed in passenger vehicle crashes were not wearing safety belts.

While traveling in Florida you may safely dial *FHP (*347) on your mobile phone if you see aggressive drivers, major highway hazards or if you break down along these major travel routes.  We want your travels to be enjoyable and safe.  We Care!


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