Labor Day is upon us. Whether you take an out-of-town trip or stay close to home, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) encourages motorists to check FL511 before venturing out on the roads.
For many, Labor Day is a time to reflect upon the important achievements of the American worker. The labor movement is responsible for many benefits and improvements in the workplace including the 40-hour work week, better wages, and safer work conditions. Laborers are responsible for much of the prosperity, economic success, and well-being the United States enjoys today.
For others, Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. It is a time to enjoy a final trip to the beach, a weekend getaway, a pool party, outdoor grilling with friends and family, and so much more before the pace of life picks up this fall. Many people will choose to take a trip this Labor Day weekend, with most driving. Labor Day is Monday, Sept. 5. The travel weekend can start as early as today and continues through Monday or Tuesday.
Labor Day is also a time for celebrating. A reminder to never drink and drive, though. Law enforcement normally steps up its DUI patrols this weekend.
Expect more vehicles on the roads this weekend. Whether staying at home or embarking on a road trip, travel more safely by checking traffic conditions ahead of time with the Florida 511 Advanced Traveler Information System (FL511). The website, mobile app and Twitter feeds provide a wealth of information for drivers on Florida’s roads. Current incidents including crashes, blocked roads, stalled vehicles and other situations are posted. The website and mobile app provide turn-by-turn directions and travel times for up to three destinations in the Sunshine State. The website features real-time camera images and streaming video on major roads along with weather information. There is much more to all three products of FL511.
This Labor Day holiday, whether you take a moment to appreciate the accomplishments of the U.S. labor movement by attending an event or observance, have a party at home with friends and family, or take a final summer trip (or a combination of), do it in a safe manner. Drive safely and use Florida 511 to help plan your motor travel. For more information, visit FL511.com.