Pinellas: Don't ignore special speed limits for school zones
The Pinellas school district is responding to a television report that questioned why school speed limit signs were still flashing even though it's summer.
The signs tell drivers to slow down to 15 miles per hour when flashing. A report suggested that a flashing sign in Gulfport may be an error on the part of Pinellas and that drivers may be able to exceed 15 mph.
That's not the case, said district spokeswoman Donna Winchester.
It's the wrong message that "school is out for the summer, when in fact, the district is serving more than 13,000 students...," Winchester said in an email.
Many Pinellas schools are hosts for Summer Bridge, a six-week academic boot camp targeted at struggling students, but available to children at various skill levels.
Boca Ciega High School is one such host, so its school zone sign in Gulfport in still flashing at the appropriate times, Winchester said.