Florida Driver Handbook: Other Important Contacts & InformationOrder now
1. Contact Information
Florida Clerks of Court
Florida Department of Transportation
Florida Tax Collector Association
Inclement Weather Conditions
Social Security Administration
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
1.2.1 - Florida Department of Transportation's Free 511 Traffic Information Service
The Florida Department of Transportation's (FDOT) toll-free 511 Traveler Information System provides up-todate traffic information in English and Spanish for major Florida roadways. The system is updated with information about crashes, commuter travel times, congestion, lane closures, severe weather, construction and emergency evacuation information on interstate highways, Florida's Turnpike and other metropolitan roadways.
There are four convenient ways for motorists to receive traffic updates:
- Call 511 toll free for updates in English and Spanish.
- Visit FL511.com, with interactive roadway maps showing traffic congestion and crashes, travel times and traffic camera views.
- Download the free Florida 511 mobile app at the iTunes or Google Play store.
- Follow one of the 12 statewide, regional or roadway-specific feeds on Twitter. To find a list of the regional Twitter accounts, please visit: http://www.fl511.com/Twitter.aspx
For custom travel alerts, motorist can register for My Florida 511 personalized services on FL511.com. Users can visit the website to register routes they frequently use in order to hear information on those routes first when calling 511.
Travelers can also register to receive traffic alerts via phone call, text message or email. These alerts can be customized by choosing the time of day, day of week and severity of incidents. FDOT reminds all travelers to check 511 before traveling, have a passenger check 511 or pull over to avoid distracted driving.
- Call 511 before driving or have a passenger call to avoid using a phone while driving.
- Customize your trip at FL511.com before leaving to minimize time spent on the phone.
- Leave yourself ample time to reach your destination to avoid feeling rushed.
- Take regular breaks and rotate drivers during long trips to avoid driving while fatigued.
- 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.)
- FL511.com 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 FL511.com website are available in English and Spanish.
1.2.2 - Florida's Move Over Law
Florida's Move Over Law protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers stopped along roadways while performing their jobs.
Violating the Move Over Law puts both yourself and a public safety professional at risk of injury or death and can result in fines and points on your license.
- On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
- If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.
- If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.
Violators of the Move Over Law will be issued a citation! For more information, please visit www.flhsmv.gov/fhp.
1.2.3 - Florida Organ and Tissue Donor Program
Donate Life Florida is the non-profit 501(c)3 organization contracted by the State of Florida, Agency for Health Care Administration to create and oversee the state's organ, eye, and tissue donor registry in addition to implementing educational initiatives tailored to increase understanding and support for donation and donor designation.
The Joshua Abbott Organ & Tissue Donor Registry was created in July 2009 to allow Floridians an easy, user-friendly means of joining the state's Registry. Floridians can join the Registry online at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org, when renewing their driver license online, or when obtaining/renewing their license at a local driver license office. Individuals can also request a registration form by calling Donate Life Florida at 1-877-FLSHARE (1-877-357-4273).
Individuals that already have "organ donor" on their licenses or identification card are still encouraged to join the new Registry, ensuring their wishes are documented.
Today, more than 100,000 children and adults await lifesaving organ transplants while hundreds of thousands more are in need of tissue transplants. Together, we can make a difference.
How Can You Help?
- Learn the facts about organ, eye and tissue donation.
- Designate your wishes by joining the Joshua Abbott Organ & Tissue Donor Registry at www.DonateLifeFlorida.org
- Spread the word about the importance of donation and donor designation with family and friends.
- Get involved as a volunteer, contribute financially in support of the Registry or statewide educational initiatives, or request a speaker by calling Donate Life Florida at 1-877-FL-SHARE.
- ALL OF THE ABOVE
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
- What is the move over law? (See section 1.2.2)
- What is the benefit of the Emergency Contact Information System? (See Section 1.1.4)
- How can you participate in the Florida Organ and Tissue Donor Program? (See section 1.2.3)
- What is the web address used to check the status of your driver license? (See section 1.1.6)