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This spring break, Florida’s roads will be filled with families and student road tripping to some of the state’s popular destinations. As the number one spring break hotspot, Florida’s roads are set to have an increased amount of visitors throughout March and April.

The Florida Department of Transportation wants to ensure that all travelers using Florida roadways are aware of safe driving practices and road rules, especially during these high activity months. Through its FL511 Traveler Information System, FDOT is committed to helping travelers navigate Florida roadways safely to reduce the percentage of traffic related fatalities.

FDOT’s FL511 Traveler Information System is the perfect vehicle to help residents and visitors navigate Florida roads and Connect. Know. Go. … safely.  There are several ways for drivers to receive traffic updates from FL511. Travelers can call 511 toll free, visit FL511.com, follow one of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter, or download the free FL511 app on iTunes or Google Play.

The new Florida 511 app provides door-to-door directions with travel times and alternate routes on most roadways throughout the state. The app’s latest feature, Drive Mode, allows users to get a quick view of local incidents and travel speeds. Drive Mode also provides users with up to three routes and travel times to their destinations, in addition to audible alerts of incidents occurring along their route.

By simply using FL511, motorists can plan ahead to find convenient routes to the beach or any one of Florida’s landmark spring break destinations.

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Avoid Spring Break Traffic with FL511

This Spring Break, millions of families and students plan to travel Florida’s state roads. Whether you are heading to Disney, South Beach or any other popular spring break destination, the Florida Department of Transportation reminds motorists to use its FL511 Traveler Information System to get up to date traffic information before hitting the road.

Wherever you planning to travel, staying safe is critically important. Here are some road trip safety tips to make your spring break travel a breeze:

  • Plan out your route before you hit the road. Make sure you know where the construction zones and road closures are along your route.
  • Slow down and be aware of road and traffic conditions when entering work zones.
  • Stay wide awake and alert when driving. Sleepy drivers can be as dangerous as drunk drivers. Get enough sleep so that you feel refreshed.
  • Switch drivers when you feel fatigued.
  • Take activity breaks before you start nodding off.
  • Prepare for stormy weather. Learn more about driving in spring storms like tornadoes and flash floods.
  • Stay on well-traveled roads where it is easier to get assistance if needed.
  • Make sure your spare tire is pumped up before you leave and that you have your car’s fluids checked.
  • Drive safely and make sure your driver and all passengers wear their safety belts. Don’t text or respond to phone calls while driving unless in a hands-free system.

 

There are several convenient ways to receive traffic updates. Drivers can receive up-to-date traffic information and door-to-door directions from the Florida 511 mobile app, which can be downloaded free on Google Play or the Apple App Store. Motorists can also call 511 toll free, visit FL511.com or follow one of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.

 

The new Florida 511 app provides door-to-door directions with travel times and alternate routes on most roadways throughout the state. The app’s latest feature, Drive Mode, allows users to get a quick view of local incidents and travel speeds. Drive Mode also provides users with up to three routes and travel times to their destinations, in addition to audible alerts of incidents occurring along their route. ​

The Florida 511 Traveler Information System from the Florida Department of Transportation is the state’s official source for real-time traffic and travel information. The FL511 app, website, twitter feeds and toll free number provides information on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, allowing drivers to avoid unnecessary delays, as well as receive updates on crashes, congestion, construction and more. For more information, please visit www.FL511.com.

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Spring Break is finally here! Whether you’re headed to the beach, Disney or any one of Florida’s spring break destinations, it is important to remember to stay safe on the roads during the travel rush.

Here are some tips to keep in mind before you hit the road:

  • Plan out your route before you hit the road.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Slow down and be aware of road and traffic conditions when entering work zones.
  • Take regular breaks and rotate drivers during long trips to avoid driving while fatigued.
  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Never text and drive.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages you to use the Florida 511 Traveler Information System before hitting the road to stay up-to-date on crashes, congestion and construction along their route while enjoying your vacation. The Florida 511 system provides information on all of Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways.

There are several ways for drivers to receive traffic updates from FL511. Travelers can call 511 toll free, visit FL511.com, follow one of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter, or download the free FL511 app on iTunes or Google Play.

The new Florida 511 app provides door-to-door directions with travel times and alternate routes on most roadways throughout the state. The app’s latest feature, Drive Mode, allows users to get a quick view of local incidents and travel speeds. Drive Mode also provides users with up to three routes and travel times to their destinations, in addition to audible alerts of incidents occurring along their route

Enjoy your spring break and drive safely!

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HEADING ON A ROADTRIP THIS SPRING BREAK? PLAN AHEAD WITH FL511, FLORIDA’S NUMBER ONE SOURCE FOR REAL TIME TRAFFIC UPDATES AND INFORMATION! SPEND LESS TIME IN TRAFFIC AND MORE TIME AT THE BEACH! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DOWNLOAD THE FL511 APP TODAY!

Suggested Spring Break 2018 Events:


2018 Epcot® International Flower & Garden Festival

February 28 – May 28, 2018
Orlando, FL
Disneyworld.com

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival

March 1 – 4, 2018
Okeechobee, FL
okeechobeefest.com

Beach Bash Music Fest: Spring Break 2018

March 7, 14, 21 2018
Daytona Beach, Florida
http://beachbashmusicfest.com

Ultra Music Festival

March 23 – 25, 2018
Miami, FL
ultramusicfestival.com

Miami Music Week

March 20 – 25, 2018
Miami, FL
www.miamimusicweek.com

Tortuga Music Festival

April 6-8, 2017
tortugamusicfestival.com

Suggested Spring Break Dates 2018:


Listed below are the Spring Break dates for Florida colleges and universities:

Source: www.tripsavvy.com

Quick Q&A


Here’s a summary of some of the most popular questions and answers related to FL511:

The Florida Department of Transportation’s 511 Traveler Information System provides bilingual (English and Spanish: website only) real-time traffic information, including point-to-point commuter travel times, congestion, construction, lane closures, severe weather and emergency evacuation information on Florida interstate highways; toll roads including Florida’s Turnpike; and many other major metropolitan roadways. The resource is available 24 hours a day on the web at www.FL511.com and on the mobile application for Apple and Android devices.

511 is a valuable resource to the public provided by FDOT. Users can call 24/7 to hear up-to-the-minute travel information. However, cell phone users should be aware that normal minute, text message and data charges may apply. FL511.com is a great website to visit, the app is an invaluable download, and there is no charge for registering for My Florida 511 personalized services.

The Florida 511 website, mobile app, and phone system give real-time travel reports on Florida interstate highways and toll roads, including Florida’s Turnpike, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority roads and Central Florida Expressway Authority roads; and other major metropolitan roadways. It also provides weather forecasts and severe weather alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The mobile app provides point-to-point directions with travel times. The website offers one or more routes to destinations. Drivers can access traffic, transit, travel times, airports, seaports, or request a specific roadway, city or county. They can also follow any of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), such as @FL511_Northeast, @FL511_I10 and @FL511_I95.

Information is updated on an ongoing basis as incidents occur and situations change on roadways. Travel times are automatically updated every few minutes around the clock.

FDOT has deployed intelligent transportation (ITS) technology on Florida interstates and toll roads, including Florida’s Turnpike; and many other major metropolitan roadways. FDOT partners – the Central Florida Expressway Authority and Miami Dade Expressway Authority – have also deployed similar technology along their expressways. Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) collect information about roadway conditions throughout Florida. The data comes from sensors in and alongside the road and reports from Road Rangers, Florida Highway Patrol, local law enforcement and Waze.

Florida 511 provides route-specific information, and you will be able to access the information on demand, whenever you need it. Additionally, with My Florida 511 text and e-mail alerts, you can receive a text message or e-mail alert when there is an incident on your personal routes.

FL511 relies on users like you to provide us with as detailed as possible feedback on any issues you may be experiencing so that we can further improve how we serve you. Please leave us your feedback by filling out the Contact Us form on the website.

FDOT encourages you to use the system on all of its platforms (i.e. website, mobile applications) and provide feedback on how to improve the system to better serve Florida drivers. Feedback is always welcome, so if you have a specific suggestion about how FDOT can improve, leave your comments in the comments section on the website, or on the mobile application for Apple and Android devices.

From FL511.com you can view traffic cameras under the “My Cameras” feature. You can see where incidents are, what is on the DMS signs detour routes, closures, construction, congestion, weather alerts, weather forecasts, and special events on a zoomable map. You can also consult the state map on the home page for detailed roadway conditions. FL511.com also provides door-to-door routing and FL511.com also allows users to sign up for My Florida 511 personalized services.

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FDOT’s FL511 Traveler Information System Offers Many Benefits and Features Just for You!


Users of the Florida 511 Traveler Information System now have access to more benefits. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) added new features and improved upon existing ones to deliver even more real-time traffic and travel information.

The state’s official service continues to provide incident, congestion and construction information on Florida’s interstates and toll roads, and other major metropolitan roadways.

Features that can help you avoid traffic and safely reach your destination:

  • Driving directions, with point-to-point travel times and one or more routes via the website (Not available on Twitter)
  • Notification of crashes, congestion, lane closures and construction on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and major metropolitan roadways. Data is supplied by FDOT, Road Rangers, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and Waze.
  • Severe weather alerts and forecasts, supplied by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (Not available on Twitter)
  • My cameras feature on FL511.com allows users to create a list of FDOT traffic cameras for a personalized live look at conditions along their route.

Emergency Information:

  • Provides weather-related road and bridge closure updates.
  • Official source of traffic and travel information throughout severe weather and wildfires
  • AMBER, Silver and Blue Alerts:
    • America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the child-abduction cases.
    • 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.
    • Blue Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for one or more offenders who have killed or seriously injured a law enforcement officer.

Mobile app

  • Turn-by-turn directions, with real-time traffic updates and updated travel times on more roadways
  • Easy access to website
  • Links to other travel and transportation agencies
  • Available on both Android and Apple devices. The best feature of the app is Drive Mode, allowing motorists to use the app in a hands-free manner.

Website

  • Interactive map of Florida with pin-drop locations for detour routes, cameras, closures, incidents, construction, congestion, message signs, weather alerts, weather forecasts, and special events
  • Statewide Traffic camera views
  • Turn-by-turn directions, travel times and instructions for the route you selected
  • Weather alerts and forecasts by NOAA
  • Live scrolling alerts about major incidents, road and bridge closures and more
  • Available in English or Spanish
  • Name and save your routes (e.g. work to home, evacuation, etc.).
  • Sign up to receive text and email alerts:
    • Travel time increases
    • Traffic speed changes
    • Crashes, construction and congestion
  • Alerts sent at the times and days you choose

Twitter

  • A total of 13 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds:
    • @fl511_state
    • @fl511_panhandl
    • @fl511_northeast
    • @fl511_central
    • @fl511_tampabay
    • @fl511_southwest
    • @fl511_southeast
    • @fl511_turnpike
    • @fl511_i10
    • @fl_511_i4
    • @fl511_i75
    • @fl511_i95
    • @fl511_95express
  • Users can share real-time traffic and travel updates.

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