Avoid Spring Break Traffic With FDOT’s 511 System

Avoid Spring Break Traffic With FDOT’s 511 System

As students and faculty pack up for spring break trips, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wants everyone to stay safe on the roads. FDOT reminds you to use its 511 Traveler Information System to get up-to-date traffic reports before hitting the road.

FDOT’s 511 system is updated with information on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, allowing you to hear updates on crashes, congestion, construction and more.

There are four convenient ways to receive traffic updates, including:

  • Calling 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
  • Visiting, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion, travel times and crashes.
  • Downloading the free Florida 511 app on iTunes.
  • Following one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter.

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 email, text and phone call alerts.
  • Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
  • The 511 phone call and website are available in English and Spanish.

Safety Tips

  • Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
  • Customize your trip at before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone.
  • Be sure to leave ample time to reach your destination to avoid feeling rushed.
  • Always wear a safety belt.
  • Don’t drink and drive.

Traffic Updates on Twitter
For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds:

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