"Are you hitting the road for the Thanksgiving holidays? Maybe you're headed for the airport to travel further, or pick up relatives. Wouldn't it be nice to know if there are any major traffic tie-ups on your way? Now you can!," states a news release from the Highlands County Sheriff's Office.
The Florida Department of Transportation's 511 system is Florida's comprehensive traffic information source. This is a toll free service that provides real-time traffic information on all Florida interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways in the state. Information about crashes, congestion, construction, AMBER, Silver and Law Enforcement alerts and more is available in four different ways:
Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish
Visit FL511.com for interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views
Download the free Florida 511 mobile app available on Google Plan and i-tunes.
Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter
"Check 511 before you go, have a passenger check511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving," advises Sheriff Susan Benton, "but this service can provide timely, pertinent information for travelers."
In addition, My Florida 511 personalized services lets drivers register frequently traveled routes for updates sent directly by text, phone or email.