Back to school: Slow down in school zones; stop for buses

DSC03361-firstdayschool_wildMore than 200,000 students in the School District of Hillsborough County returned to classes on Tuesday for the 2015-2016 school year. The district is the third largest in Florida and the eighth largest in the nation.

In South Hillsborough, several schools, most notably elementary schools such as Gibsonton, Ruskin, and Thompson, are located on busy thoroughfares with greatly reduced school zone speeds during the times before and after school. The elementary school day begins during the morning rush hour. After a long summer break, slow down and keep an eye out for kids. A child’s life is worth a few short moments of your time. And with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office out patrolling near schools, it could also save your wallet.

Near Thompson Elementary and Lennard High School on East Shell Point Road on Tuesday, traffic was heavy, offering drivers little choice but to obey the speed limit. Mitch Traphagen photos.

Near Thompson Elementary and Lennard High School on East Shell Point Road on Tuesday, traffic was heavy, offering drivers little choice but to obey the speed limit. Mitch Traphagen photos.

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