New traffic alerts via mobile a must on the Pacific Highway
A NEW mobile phone alert system that warns motorists of traffic information could be a particularly useful tool for anyone travelling on the Pacific Highway.
In recent weeks the national highway has been closed on at least six occasions on the Mid North Coast by flooding and major motor vehicle accidents.
The latest incident this morning has seen major traffic delays at Tabbimobile following a truck fire.
NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the new Live Traffic NSW apps for ipods and iphones give users personalised alerts about incidents on state roads.
"In particular, you will be able to save your favourite travel routes and set up push notifications for them," Mr Gay said.
"For example, you could set up a 'home to work' route with alerts scheduled every weekday at 6am.
The apps will then send an alert to your phone, letting you know if there are any incidents on this route."
The apps also include 'Driving Mode' and 'Passenger Mode' functions, which send alerts to your phone based on your current location.
Driving Mode sends short audio messages to notify motorists of nearby incidents, while passenger mode sends audio and text messages.
More than 400,000 people have already downloaded the Live Traffic NSW apps, which follow on from the website twitter and facebooks feeds provided by Roads and Maritime Services.
The updated Live Traffic NSW app is available in the app store.