When Does Someone Need to Call 5-1-1 in New York State?
Ok, so you probably know when to call 9-1-1, it's for emergencies. You know that you can call 4-1-1 for information (or you search online), 8-1-1 is the number to call before you dig in your yard, so you don't accidently hit a gas, electric or water pipes.
So when do you call 5-1-1? You can dial 511, from a landline or from a cellphone. New York State has 5-1-1 set up to inform people on traffic and road conditions throughout the state. Yes, you can go to their website, but you can also call them to get information on transportation and road conditions.
Can you actually get useful information by calling 5-1-1?
The goal of the service is to "meet the specialized needs of commuters, long-distance and through travelers, tourists and commercial vehicle operators." In addition to giving you access to some 'real-time' information, it can also help you out with information on vanpools, carpooling, roads with bicycle access, etc.
You can also call them when you need info about places to visit or roads to avoid on your trip.
If you are thinking about planning a road trip, you can also call them and get info about which are the best roads for your journey, and anticipated weather conditions as well. Another way that you can use their service is that if you find that there is an issue with a traffic situation or road conditions, you can help out fellow motorists by calling the service and reporting it.
You can help others when you report accident info or road conditions to them.
According to their website, this service has been helping New York motorists since 2008. Have you ever called it?