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October 2016
 
In this Issue
Get Personal with Personalized Services | Want a Traffic Reporter in Your Back Pocket? There’s an App for That | Florida’s 511 Can Save Time, Soothe Nerves | Thank you, Florida 511! | Upcoming Florida Events | 511 Photo of the Month
 
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Get Personal with Personalized Services

You’re driving to work when traffic suddenly stops. You call 511 and learn of a crash blocking the lanes ahead. Now you’re stuck and late for work. If only you were using the new My Florida 511 Personalized Services, then you could have known, rerouted and avoided the mess. So know before you go. Sign up at FL511.com to receive text messages or email alerts whenever there are crashes or lane closures on your custom route. Each notification includes your new travel time.

For the general daily congestion, you can choose to receive a text and/or email when your travel time increases or the average traffic speed decreases. The travel time alert is based on the percentage increase you pick. For example, if you select “30%,” you will receive a text and/or email when your travel time increases by at least 30 percent. For traffic speed alerts, you also can choose when you want to be notified. For example, if you select “35 mph,” you will receive a text and/or email when the average speed along your route drops below 35 mph.

Also new to personalized services is the “My Cameras” feature. Instead of searching for your favorite traffic cameras, you now can save them on the homepage. Click “Cameras” on the map legend, select the camera you want to save and click “Add.” There is no limit to the number of cameras you can save.

Finally, personalized services also include Emergency Alerts. These are the same scrolling alerts you see on the homepage of the website and mobile app. You have the option of receiving these via text message or email. Just go to the Manage Routes & Alerts page under the My Florida 511 tab and click “Create Emergency Alert.” Here you can choose whether to receive the alerts for your region by email or SMS/text. Regions include Central, Northeast, Panhandle, Southeast, Southwest and Tampa Bay. Emergency Alerts include AMBER Alerts, Silver Alerts, Law Enforcement Officer Alerts (LEO), major road closures and more. If you create an emergency alert, but don’t choose a specific region, you will receive all alerts statewide.

Click here for more information on how to sign up for personalized services. Keep Florida moving with the new 511!

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Want a Traffic Reporter in Your Back Pocket?
There’s an App for That
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Download the new Florida 511 Traveler Information System mobile app. The mobile app, available on both Apple and Android devices, provides up to three possible routes per destination, each with driving directions and travel times. Once you start your trip, the mobile app will automatically alert you when there is an incident or construction up ahead. You can also see these incidents by clicking “Drive” on the home page of the mobile app without entering a destination.

The new features do not stop there. By clicking on the traffic map, you go immediately to the website, which is now mobile-friendly. This function allows you to see the detailed incident list, traffic cameras, transit and airport information and more. Navigating the mobile app and feel like calling 511? The “Dial 511” button will connect you to the 511 phone system. The app also has an easy “links” button that can direct you to almost any traffic or transportation agency in the state.

The mobile app also allows you to save your destinations and your routes without creating an account. Finally, you can share what you think about the mobile app through the “Feedback” function.

Click here for more information on how to navigate the new Florida 511 mobile app. Know before you go and keep Florida moving with the new 511

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Florida’s 511 Can Save Time, Soothe Nerves
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A recent study of drivers revealed that road rage is an ongoing and increasing problem. But there’s also evidence that Florida's 511 Traveler Information System can help remedy some of the troubles.

The aggressive driving study, conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that nearly 80 percent of drivers say they have had road rage at least once during the past year. Admitted behaviors range from shouting or gesturing at other drivers to tailgating, ramming or cutting off other vehicles. Nearly four percent of U.S. drivers said they have departed their vehicles to confront other drivers, according to findings released in July.

Nearly 90 percent of drivers surveyed believe road rage is “a serious threat to their personal safety.” Two-thirds said the problem is growing worse.

But there is hope, including the possibility of changing behaviors through AAA’s brochure called “Road Rage: How to Avoid Aggressive Driving.” It includes tips on staying calm and safe.

In addition, a 2014 study of 511 customer satisfaction, commissioned by the Florida Department of Transportation, showed that 70 percent of 511 users had changed their routes after receiving traffic information from 511. Knowing that you are taking a better route can be a great anxiety reliever.

Indeed, 24 percent of surveyed users said using Florida 511 reduced their stress level. That’s why more and more drivers check the Florida 511 mobile app, visit FL511.com or call 511 before starting their trips. While Florida 511 can’t solve every problem, it’s a great tool for motorists.

Remember My Florida 511 information and alerts can be set for your specific area. Be sure to sign up and check out the website for more tips.

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

   
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  "Thanks to Florida 511 for getting me to work on time this morning."

 
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  - Michael (Fort Pierce)
 
   
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  "Luckily avoided traffic on the way home yesterday, thanks Florida 511!"

 
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  - Chrissy (St. Petersburg)
 
   
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  "Florida 511 traffic cameras were a huge help in avoiding traffic on the highway yesterday."

 
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  - Chelsey (Jacksonville)
 
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Florida Events in October

Check 511 for the best routes to your favorite places.

Summer Beach
Sept 14–Nov 14
Epcot Food & Wine Festival
Walt Disney World’s annual fall festival, which combines global cuisine and outdoor concerts, is available to all Disney World guests with a valid park admission. The two-month long festival offers a variety of sample dishes and drinks as well as the “Eat to the Beat” concert series, featuring performers like Blues Traveler and Wilson Phillips. Walt Disney World guests also can receive special dining packages, tasting events and seminars. To learn more about the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, including Walt Disney World park admission, click Here.
 
Oct 1–31
College Football Rivalry Games
College football season is in full swing and October brings a slew of rivalry games to the Sunshine State. Throughout the month, five Florida universities will face a rival team with school pride and, in some cases, a trophy at stake for the victor.
 
Oct 26
NBA Opening Night Miami Heat vs. Orlando Magic (Amway Center)
The NBA season kicks off this October and Florida’s two NBA teams, the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic, face off on opening night, Oct. 26 at the Amway Center. The Southeast Division and Eastern Conference rivals will both look to improve on their 2015 records. The Heat went 48-34 and lost in the conference semifinals of the NBA playoffs. The Magic went 35-47 and hired former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel in the offseason. For ticket information, visit the Orlando Magic site.
 
Oct 29
UF Gators vs Georgia Bulldogs (EverBank Field, Jacksonville)
The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, as this rivalry is called, is a matchup between the University of Florida and their Southeastern Conference rivals, the University of Georgia. The game, which is held in Jacksonville at EverBank Field on Oct. 29, is one of the most prominent games in college football. Dating back to 1915, or 1904 according to UGA, this game always attracts a huge crowd and some great tailgating. The Gators have won the last two meetings, but the Bulldogs lead the overall series. For more information about the matchup and the weekends’ festivities, check Jax Happenings.
 
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October photo of the month
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Road Ranger clears debris off the shoulder of I-95 (Courtesy of FDOT District Four)

 
 
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