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April 2016
In this Issue
National Work Zone Awareness Week | Don’t Be a Distracted Driver | Thank you Florida 511! | Florida Events in April | 511 Photo of the Month
National Work Zone Awareness Week
Know Before You Go! Use 511 as Part of Your Safety Strategy

National Work Zone Awareness Week kicks off April 11. The week is designated to create safety awareness surrounding work zones on roadways so that all of us can play a part in decreasing the number of injuries and fatalities that occur each year in work zones.

Throughout the state of Florida, interstates and roadways are being reconstructed to help ease traffic congestion and provide safer roads for motorists. However, during the actual construction phase, it is imperative to know how to safely navigate a work zone so that we can help save lives.

When hitting the road, use Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System to prepare for a safer commute. Visit FL511.com to sign-up and receive alerts about your route so that you can be informed ahead of time about construction updates and road closures. Downloading the 511 app is a great way to know before you go, too. Being prepared for construction, which includes allowing time for the unexpected, will help you avoid crashes and arrive to your destination safely.

You can also visit the American Traffic Safety Association or the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration website to learn how to support National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15, 2016) and learn how to reduce injuries and fatalities in work zones.

Make a pledge to yourself and with your family that you will know before you go by dialing 511, visiting the app, or checking the website, before you head out on the road each day.

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When you head out on the road, make sure you follow these safety tips through every work zone.

Check Box Keep your headlights on
Check Box Pay attention to the road
  • Follow the signs
  • Watch brake lights on vehicles ahead
  • Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react
Check Box Merge into the proper lane
  • Merge well before you reach the lane closure
  • Be aware that traffic patterns can change daily
Check Box Obey the posted speed limit
  • Workers may be present just feet away
  • Fines may be doubled for moving violations
  • Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need
Check Box Don’t tailgate
  • Follow other vehicles at a safe distance
Check Box Change lanes safely
  • Change lanes only where pavement markings indicate, and only when traffic conditions permit
Check Box Follow instructions from flaggers
Check Box Expect the unexpected
  • Workers, work vehicles, or equipment may enter your lane without warning
  • Other vehicles may slow, stop, or change lanes unexpectedly

For more information on work zone safety tips visit safety.fhwa.dot.gov.

Don’t Be a Distracted Driver
Travel Safely & Save Lives with These Safety Tips
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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, which goes hand in hand with work zone safety. To drive safely on any terrain and through any kind of driving condition, it is vital to drive without being distracted. Distracted driving comes in many forms, and is the cause of crashes, injuries, and fatalities.

The good news is that once we learn what distractions to avoid, we can create a safer driving experience that will save lives. Learn what you can do to stop distracted driving habits by visiting the National Safety Council’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month website page.

Distractions to avoid when driving:

  • Texting
  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

For more information visit (distraction.gov)

Thank you Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

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  “If you regularly travel I-4 Florida 511 is a GREAT resource for traffic info. They tweet constantly, for all of I-4, from Tampa to Daytona.”

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  - Susan (Orlando)
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  “Florida 511 is great to use for tracking accidents on I-75.”

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  “Thank you Florida 511 for saving my commute home.”

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  - Tony (Miami)
Florida Events in April

Florida has a lot going on throughout the state and many of us will be traveling during springtime for various events and to visit the beaches. See what’s happening before you hit the road in April. Call 511, download our free app or visit FL511.com to create traffic and travel alerts specific to your route.

March 2–May 30
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (Orlando)
Disney World’s annual spring festival, which combines vibrant gardens and outdoor concerts, is available to all Disney World guests with a valid park admission. The three-month long festival offers a variety of sample dishes and desserts, as well as topiary displays of everyone’s favorite Disney characters.
April 15–April 17
Tortuga Music Festival (Fort Lauderdale)
To help raise conservation awareness Tortuga Fest makes its return to Fort Lauderdale Beach for the fourth year in a row. Artists like Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Sam Hunt and Dierks Bentley headline this year's festival.
April 27–May 1
SunFest (West Palm Beach)
The music and art festival celebrates its 33rd year bringing the biggest musical acts from past and present to South Florida. Artists like Meghan Trainor, Alabama Shakes and Duran Duran are set to take the stage during the five-day event.
511 Photo of the Month

Road Rangers assist at incident scene on I-95 in Broward County (Courtesy of FDOT District Four)

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