Dear News Media Partner:
We are writing to you about an important safety initiative sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and supported by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), its FL511 team, and other organizations around the state and nation.
Crash Responder Safety Week (CRSW) is November 14-18, 2022. The goals of this national campaign are to save the lives of traffic incident responders and road users. This toolkit provides steps everyone can take to keep our roadway responders and the public safe around traffic incidents.
Every minute of every day, law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical services, public works, transportation, towing, and other responders work roadside to make roadways safe for all road users. Unfortunately, these traffic incident responders put their lives at risk when clearing each of the nearly 7-million annual motor vehicle crashes nationally or the broader range of incidents such as stalled vehicles or roadway debris. Crash Responder Safety Week is an opportunity to promote road user awareness and adherence to Move Over laws and Traffic Incident Management training for all traffic incident responders.
FDOT is distributing this toolkit with messages and information about the initiative to raise awareness of important safety tips motorists can take around traffic incidents. We are requesting that members of the media consider publishing information from this toolkit in your publication or media site. Please use what may be appropriate for your audience.
Thank you very much in advance,
Florida Department of Transportation
Q&A: FL511 and the Florida 511 Mobile App
FL511 is the abbreviated name for the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS), which is the state’s official source for real-time traffic and travel information. It is a service of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The system provides directions to any destination with travel times and alternate routes on most roadways throughout the state. Users can also get information on crashes, congestion, construction zones and closures on Florida’s interstates, toll roads, and other major roadways. The system includes a website, mobile app, text alerts, social media pages, and much more.
The mobile app has been available for both Apple and Android devices since 2012. It was upgraded in 2018 and early 2019 to keep up with technological advances and to make it even more user-friendly.
It has a completely redesigned user interface.
- Voice Interaction feature
- The ability to view events within a specific radius
- The ability to view camera snapshots for specific roads
- The ability to create and save destinations
- The ability to display road closures and detour maps, and
- A truck parking availability feature
It is now called the Florida 511 Mobile App – Connect.Know.Go.
It is available at the Apple App Store and Google Play.
You don’t have to do anything if your apps are automatically updated. If not, you will need to download the updated app.
New users just download the app to their smartphone from the Apple App Store or Google Play. There is a wealth of information on the app, so it takes some time to explore and become familiar with the many features.
FL511 and its mobile app is a free service provided by the FDOT to increase safety and reduce driving time on Florida’s roads. There may be a cost for the mobile data used on your smartphone that is charged by your data provider.
The Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS) also includes a website (FL511.com) in English and Spanish, text alerts and messages, 13 Twitter feeds, and Facebook and Instagram pages.
It is the only traveler information system just for Florida’s roads. The data and information are trustworthy as it comes from government sources. The system has accurate local traffic information. It has real-time traffic camera views on major roadways throughout Florida.
- Drive mode
- Voice Interaction feature
- Multiple routes provided for each destination
- Real-time traffic information including crashes, congestion, construction zones and road closures
- Turn-by-turn directions
- Travel times
- Traffic monitoring cameras
- Optional truck parking alerts
Visit FL511.com or download the Florida 511 Mobile App –Connect.Know.Go. at the Apple App Store or Google Play.
Travel smart with FL511 and connect, know, and go!
Florida 511 Mobile App Overview
The Florida 511 Mobile App is a component of the Florida 511 (FL511) Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS), which provides real-time traffic information and travel conditions on Florida’s roads. The FL511 system is the state’s official source for traffic and travel information.
An invaluable app, FL511 provides information on congestion events, crashes, construction zones and road maintenance activities. FL511 also provides travel times on all interstates, toll roads and alternative routes, so drivers can make better choices about their travel plans. The information is accessible by the mobile app, a website (FL511.com) in English and Spanish, Twitter messages, Facebook, Instagram, text alerts and more.
Features of the Florida 511 Mobile App and some of the latest improvements include:
- A completely redesigned user interface
- Ability to display road closures and detour routes on the map
- Ability to receive road weather alerts
- Access to weather radar overlay information
- Receive up-to-date information about congestion, crashes, construction zones, road closures and more
- Benefit from voice interaction feature functionality – users can speak a request for a city, county, or roadway to view relevant events and information
- Ability to view events within a specific radius
- Ability to view camera snapshots for specific events
- Ability to create and save destinations
- A truck parking availability feature
- Ability to travel smart with the Florida 511 Mobile App to Connect, Know, and Go!
Before leaving for their destination, motorists can check the interactive road map on FL511.com for up-to-date information about congestion, crashes, construction zones, road closures and more.
For more information, visit the website at www.FL511.com or download the mobile app. Travelers can also follow FL511 on 13 Twitter handles, on Facebook @FL511, and Instagram @Florida_511. Travel smart with the Florida 511 Mobile App to Connect, Know, and Go!
Strategic Communications Links
Here are some helpful links from the FL511 website for the media:
- FL511 website: https://www.fl511.com
FL511 media resources on this website:
- Ads: https://news.fl511.com/media/ads
- Fact Sheets: https://news.fl511.com/faq
- Images: https://news.fl511.com/media/images
- News Releases: https://news.fl511.com/news
- Newsroom: https://www.fl511newsroom.com
- Toolkits: https://news.fl511.com/partners-toolkits
- Videos: https://news.fl511.com/media/videos