Tips for a happy, safe Spring Break

SpringBreak 2014The following information, from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT’s 511 Traveler Information System) is important to share with Hatters planning to travel during Stetson’s Spring Break, March 3-7, 2014.


As millions of students pack up for spring break trips traveling home or to their favorite vacation spot, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) wants everyone to stay safe on the roads. FDOT reminds students to use its 511 Traveler Information System to get up-to-date traffic reports before hitting the road.

FDOT’s 511 system is updated with information on Florida’s interstates, toll roads and other major metropolitan roadways, allowing students to hear updates on crashes, congestion, construction and more.

There are four convenient ways for students to receive traffic updates:

  • Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
  • Visit, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion, travel times and crashes.
  • Download the free Florida 511 app on iTunes or Google Play.
  • Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter. 

For students taking to the air or sea during Spring Break, Florida 511 provides free phone transfers to Florida’s airports and seaports. And if heading out of state, students can transfer to neighboring 511 systems in Georgia and Louisiana to find out if traffic backups lie ahead.

FDOT reminds all students to check 511 before hitting the road, have a passenger check 511 while driving or pull over to avoid distracted driving.

Traffic Updates on Twitter

For traffic updates via Twitter, FDOT encourages travelers to follow the Florida 511 Twitter feeds: 

Safety Tips

  • Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
  • Allow ample time to reach your destination if traveling to or near the Daytona Beach area during on the days when traffic is expected to be the heaviest.
  • Always wear a safety belt.
  • Don’t drink and drive. 

Florida 511 Features

  • Traffic information on all interstate highways, toll roads and many other metropolitan roadways.
  • Commuter travel times and reports on crashes, congestion and construction.
  • Public transit, airport and seaport information.
  • AMBER, Silver and LEO Alerts (America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response (AMBER) Alerts notify the public of the most serious child-abduction cases. Silver Alerts notify the public when law enforcement agencies are searching for missing adults or citizens with cognitive impairments, including Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) Alerts notify the public when law enforcement officers are searching for an offender(s) who has seriously injured or killed a law enforcement officer.)
  • provides travel information, traffic camera views and free personalized services, including customized travel routes and e-mail, text and phone call alerts.
  • Voice-activated and touch-tone navigation available when calling 511.
  • The 511 phone call and website are available in English and Spanish. 

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The Stetson Today Team wishes all Hatters a healthy, safe Spring Break!