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New App To Warn New Jersey Motorists About Traffic

A sign directing drivers to the New Jersey Turnpike - Ridgefield Park, NJ - May 5, 2008 - Photo: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880

A sign directing drivers to the New Jersey Turnpike (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

WOODBRIDGE, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey Turnpike Authority officials have announced a new app that they hope will improve safety on the state’s major toll roads.

SafeTripNJ ties alerts from the 511nj.org traffic information center in audio form for motorists driving along the New Jersey Turnpike, Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway.

“It’s hands-free, eyes-free and free of charge,” said New Jersey Turnpike Authority spokesman Tom Feeney. “It works on any of the state highways.”

The app uses the phone’s GPS to locate your position and direction of travel and broadcasts heavy traffic conditions as you approach an affected area.

Motorists can select the frequency of alerts and the radius.

Officials said the hands-free application should not distract motorists like text alerts.

The app is available for iPhones and Androids.

The authority has also rolled out a new Facebook page where traffic, weather and construction alerts are posted.

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