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Local elementary school gets speed limit signs approved by court after going decades without any

Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-09 19:33:17-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Imagine a school zone without posted speed limit signs. That's been the case for decades for a school in Taft ISD.

“It’s been ongoing for a long time,” said San Patricio County Sheriff Oscar Rivera.

Monday morning in Commissioners Court in Sinton, officials voted to approve the motion to have speed limit and no cell phone usage signs installed at Woodroe Petty Elementary School.

For 5 decades, the school had gone without posted speed limit or cell phone prohibited signs.

Legally, there was nothing preventing people from driving too fast or driving distracted.

But once concerned parents and school officials reached out to the San Patricio County Sheriff for support, he asked the county commissioners court to put the item on the agenda, and it passed with a unanimous vote.

“The county commissioner did agree to provide the poles, and we've offered to provide the man power to get the signs put up as soon as possible,” said Rivera.

He says the signs have already been bought, and he's ready to install them this week

“The sooner the better,” said Rivera. “Let’s get it done and make it safer for our children going in and out of school at Petty Elementary.”

He plans to have the County Jail inmates help with the installation.