(Toledo, OH) I pass the Toledo Islamic Academy on Secor Road at least a dozen times per week during one of the restricted time periods in which flashing yellow lights inform motorists of the 20 MPH speed limit.
Invariably, I see many motorists ignore these particular traffic signals, zipping merrily along at 45 MPH or more.
By comparison, I do not see the same number of scofflaws at other nearby school zones, such as Trilby School on Secor Road. I have arrived at the conclusion that at least some of these speeding motorists consciously disregard the speed laws because they have problems with either the school or with Muslims in general.
I would love to pontificate about how much I love all children - and put their welfare above my own need to get to work on time - but I have to admit my first thought is the expensive tickets associated with speeding in a school zone.
Still, I do not differentiate between public or parochial schools or, for that matter, between Christian, Muslim, or Jewish schools. I drive 20 in all of these zones to keep from getting nailed with a pricey citation.
My suggestion to the city of Toledo is to set up some targeted speed enforcement in the vicinity of the Toledo Islamic Academy, as there appears to be quite a bit of untapped revenue in the form of inconsiderate motorists who seem to feel that speed zones near Islamic schools are less important than those by other Toledo schools.