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Tampa Police Web Site Adds Traffic Advisory Feature

Valerie Kalfrin
May 19, 2006
Tampa Tribune

Motorists curious about possible snarls in their commutes now can log on to an interactive map to avoid traffic crash sites, faulty traffic lights and other tie-ups.

The Tampa Police Department launched the updated feature on its Web site Thursday to appeal to the thousands of visitors who browse through the dispatched calls for service monthly, police spokesman Larry McKinnon said.

Start at www.tampagov.net/dept_Police/, and click on "Traffic Advisory." Click "Yes" on the disclaimer, then click on "Police Traffic Related Advisories Map."

The map will display green, red and blue balloons marking traffic crashes, hit-and-runs and faulty traffic lights within four hours.

Users can display only those within the past hour or two by clicking on a drop-down menu. Click on the balloons marking each event to learn its dispatched time and location, a report number and the estimated time police expect to clear the call.

The time may change based on injuries and other conditions, McKinnon said.

In addition to zooming in on streets, users also can view satellite photos of the crashes, McKinnon said. One last advisory: As with any new feature, expect some glitches over the next few days.