Labor Day weekend is here! For many, it is a day to observe the contributions of the American worker to the nation’s strength, prosperity and well-being. For others, it is the final hurrah of summer, and the three-day weekend has become known as the unofficial end of summer.
As a result, it can be one of the busier travel weekends of the year. Many people will hit the road for a trip more than 50 miles from home. The roads may be more crowded than normal, especially major highways and interstates.
This Labor Day weekend is from Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 3rd. Labor Day is Monday, September 3rd, which is a federal holiday. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is encouraging Florida residents to take extra care when driving this holiday weekend. Precautions include leaving earlier in the day if possible, driving defensively, never driving if tired or after consuming an alcoholic beverage, never texting, and planning your trip ahead of time.FDOT has a traveler information system to help drivers both plan ahead and then see driving conditions before they get in the car. The Florida 511 Traveler Information System (FL511) includes a website, app and toll-free 511 phone line, as well as Twitter, text and SMS messages. Travelers can learn real-time road conditions including congestion, incidents, severe weather and other issues that can affect a trip. The system also gives travelers up to three possible routes and includes live camera views.
This Labor Day, enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Let FL511 get you there more safely and efficiently. For information, please visit FL511. You can also download the app at the Apple App Store or Google Play on your smartphone. Just search for FL511.