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Technology helps SC drivers save time

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The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) launched an enhanced 511 Traveler Information System. The program provides traffic camera images, travel time estimates and other tools to help motorists navigate South Carolina's roadways.

"Being stuck in traffic is a mess especially when you have a screaming two year old in the back seat" said Lindsey Hicks, Sumter resident.

The updated 511 system includes an interactive map showing locations of traffic incidents and construction projects; average speeds of traffic; weather information; and twitter accounts to provide users with real-time important travel information.

"We are especially glad to have the new system in place for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday" said SCDOT Director of Traffic Engineering Tony Sheppard. "An informed motorist can avoid problem areas and not only make their trip better, but help lessen overall traffic congestion."

The 511 system provides real-time traffic information on all South Carolina Interstate highways and major highways along the coast. The statewide system provides information on construction projects, lane closures, crashes, congestion and severe weather affecting traffic. SCDOT's 511 system operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be accessed by computer, telephone, smartphone or tablet.

The web address is www.511sc.org, which can also be accessed from SCDOT's home page, www.scdot.org.

The 511 telephone service is an interactive, voice-activated roadway and traffic information system accessed by calling 511 from your home, office, or cell phone. To stay safe on our highways, SCDOT advises users to make 511 calls before getting on the road, have a non-driver in the vehicle make the calls or pull over in a safe place before making calls. SCDOT is introducing 511 smartphone applications to meet the growing trend of information on mobile devices. Currently, the applications work on phones and tablets that operate on the iPhone and Android platforms. These applications will notify users of incidents and construction on their predetermined route. You can also see traffic cameras. Links to download the applications are on the 511 website under "Extras" and "511 Tools." Do not use these applications while you are driving. Be safe and either pull over or have a passenger access while in a motor vehicle.

For more information: http://www.511sc.org/

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