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Drivers caught speeding outside Tampa elementary school won't get tickets

Posted at 5:03 PM, Apr 17, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Drivers caught doing 30 mph outside of a Tampa elementary school won't face citations because the school zone signs have the wrong time.

ABC Action News found out the City of Tampa has received complaints about drivers speeding outside Potter Elementary School.

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A school crossing guard was so worried that he went to the city council to ask them to help fix the dangerous stretch of 34th Street.

Along with complaints about speeding, it turns out there's little enforcement outside the school because the school zone signs have the wrong times.

Potter Elementary school gets out of school at 1:55 p.m. but the signs read 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

The city of Tampa says they're aware of the problem, and are recommending updates to the street to city council members.

They have plans to relocate some signs, place advanced school pavement markings on the roadway and install school flashers.

"Currently, we have had to go out and physically replace these signs each time the school board changes the school hours, which is often," said Jean Duncan, Director of Transportation.

The school flashers will be able to be programmed to flash during the school hours.