‘Tis the season … to be thankful, to observe, to be merry, and to ring in the new year!
The final two months of the year bring holiday cheer and celebration to many sectors of our society in Florida and the United States. The holiday season gets a start with Thanksgiving on November 24 with family gatherings and a delicious turkey feast. Hanukkah is a Jewish religious observance celebrated from nightfall December 18 to nightfall December 26 this year. The Christian festival of Christmas is December 25, with many attending church and celebrating in other ways on December 24. Kwanzaa is an observance of African family and social values from December 26 to January 1. Lastly, the 2022 merriment and celebrations conclude at midnight, New Year’s Eve with fireworks, singing Auld Lang Syne, and ringing in the new year.
From Thanksgiving through January1, we can expect more vehicles on the road and possibly some frantic drivers. People are traveling to visit loved ones, for vacations, to shop (and shop and shop), to buy groceries for festive occasions, and for many other reasons.
FDOT and its FL511 team encourage residents to use FL511 before driving this holiday season – near or far. The system provides a wealth of information available in three formats to fit the needs of most drivers in Florida. Features include turn-by-turn directions and travel times, real-time camera images on major roads throughout the state of Florida, weather information, personalized accounts and alerts via text and email, and other information provided by FDOT. Motorists are encouraged to check the website, mobile app or Twitter feeds before leaving home for current traffic conditions so they can plan their trip accordingly. The Florida 511 Mobile App is available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. Events and additional information can be found on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
Please enjoy everything this holiday season has to offer and travel more safely and efficiently with FL511.