Cleveland wants tougher law for passing buses

After a Cleveland judge ordered a woman to stand in public with a sign labeling herself an "idiot" for driving on the sidewalk to pass a school bus, city officials want to stiffen the penalties for such stunts.
Associated Press
Nov 20, 2012


The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that a city councilman on Monday introduced an ordinance that would upgrade failure to stop for school buses to a first-degree misdemeanor — punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine and a license suspension.

It's currently a minor misdemeanor, punishable by a $500 fine.

A municipal judge made national headlines when she ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to stand in public with a poster that read: "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."




These kind of people would STILL drive with no license. It would mean nothing to them. Same with the fine. It would go unpaid and still drive.


Of course, one idiot and all the sudden we need more laws. Big Big Government


Oh, Rickross, there is more then one idiot out there driving.


big government will not stop it. we need to enforce existing laws and punishing those who break them.


I love the idea of having someone stand in the town square with a sign. Around here how many tickets have been given recently for passing a school bus when their lights were on? PLENTY.

Make those idiots stand with a sign saying "I was too dumb to stop for the bus lights". Maybe that will teach them.

Or have them ride the bus as a monitor for a week or two a punishment. A week with screaming kids might make them more aware.

I'd like to take all the cellphone drivers and glue their phones to their heads and make them stand outside for a day with a sign that says "Help, I am talking and can't shut up even long enough to drive". That would make ME feel better.

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who "walks down the center of the road like they own it"? I am confused by that statement? Are you saying they were wrong to do what they did to get that woman?


@ wired
I think you have to read a bit between the lines on that one. "they" I think that means the "people" in the picture.


Shena? That's Janet! Janet Jackson!