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Dr. Delay: School zones apply even in summer

Pay attention to crosswalks near schools because summer school is still in session.

Pay attention to crosswalks near schools because summer school is still in session.

So, it is July and school is out for the summer. I think! Passing St. Pete High School at 7:05 this morning, the (school zone) flashers were working. All of us were going through slowly, but not the required 15 mph, figuring the flashers just weren't turned off for the summer. Apparently, we are still required to adhere, since I got a ticket for going 11 miles over the 15 mph. Is this right? What are the exact rules?

B.G.

First, summer classes are indeed in session in some Pinellas County District Schools this month. If school zone flashers or beacons are activated, motorists are required to obey the posted speed limit, which is not to be less than 15 mph or more than 20 mph.

Recently, a local news outlet incorrectly reported that school is out and that any school zone flashers that are operating are doing so by mistake — this is not the case.

"It's important that drivers understand that we still have students navigating crosswalks getting to and from our Summer Bridge programs," schools spokeswoman Donna Winchester said via email last week.

It's never safe to assume anything regarding speed limits near schools, public or private. Most schools are hubs of activity even year-round. Even if school may not be in session, teachers and other employees might be on campus and sporting competitions or some other events may be taking place, so caution is always essential.

Survey crews have put up "right of way" markers on 94th Avenue N from Starkey Road west to the canal. There are white lines with arrows painted on the roads — one is at 93rd Street pointing west and one at 94th Street pointing east on 94th Avenue N, another is on 94th Street on the north side of the culvert pointing south. I would like to know what the plans are for this road.

Tim Weldon

The survey work was done by county workers in advance of a fire protection and water circulation improvement project. This work includes galvanized pipe replacement and the installation of fire hydrants at 94th Avenue N and 94th Place N, which will be done by the end of this month or first week of August. Work along 93rd Street N has been an issue because of private ownership and the objection of some residents along 94th Street N, according to a spokesman for the county. These private roads are made up of a mix of dirt, millings and gravel. For now, county workers won't do any utility improvements on 94th Street N other than regular maintenance.

Email Dr. Delay at docdelay@gmail.com to share your traffic concerns; follow @AskDrDelay.

Dr. Delay: School zones apply even in summer 07/15/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 8:03pm]
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