Vonage starts offering free local traffic reports

Vonage, an Internet telephone provider, is now offering free local traffic reports for their customers. By dialing 511 from a Vonage phone, customers in thirty areas will receive average speed and accident reports about the local freeways.

The calls will be routed to the customer's local 511 Advanced Traveler Information Service (ATIS) which is determined through a customer's 911 registration information. A few dozen states offer state-wide traffic information, while some states like California only offer information for more population regions. Interestingly enough, populous areas like New York and Illinois aren't supported by 511.