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Avoid traffic delays, or at least find out what’s happening, with new services from the Florida Department of Transportation

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Spring break is approaching quickly for area schools and the Florida Department of Transportation is using technology to help travelers navigate roads safely.

Christie Hyde, Florida Department of Transportation 511 representative, said people often become frustrated when they encounter unannounced delays.

“511 is about keeping you convenient and safe on the roadways, so you know what’s happening out there,” Hyde said.

The FDOT offers four ways to access traffic information: dialing 511 toll free, using fl511.com for updates, following one or more of the Twitter feeds or downloading the free iPhone app.

An app for the Android market is in the works that will be available later this year, Hyde said.

Travelers can also register online for a My Florida 511 account that will provide personalized services by allowing them to create custom routes.

When registered users call 511, they will hear incidents along their routes first. They can also register to receive calls, texts or emails when there are alerts along their routes. The alerts can be sent to up to two phones.

“This program is all about safety,” Hyde said. “Know before you go, plan in advance and check before you get on the road.”

Casey Christ wrote this story online. 

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