An ordinance that would increase the penalty for driving around a school bus unloading students continues through Cleveland City Council committees.
CLEVELAND - An ordinance that would increase the penalty for driving around a school bus unloading students continues through Cleveland City Council committees.
The move comes after a Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver caught 32-year-old Shena Hardin on video driving up on the sidewalk to get around a bus in November.
The driver made stops on East 38th Street near Superior Avenue to pick up a handicapped student. Hardin repeatedly drove on the sidewalk, so police were waiting for her one morning and cited her for not stopping for a school bus.
The council safety committee approved the new ordinance, but it still needs passed by two other committees before going to a full vote. If approved, the new penalty would be a first-degree misdemeanor, with a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Hardin was sentenced to pay $250 and her license was suspended for 30 days. She was also ordered to wear a sign near the bus school that said "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus" for two days.
Despite national media coverage of a Cleveland woman who drove around a school bus on a sidewalk, a Broadview Heights woman was recently cited for doing the exact same thing.
A 32-year-old woman who drove on the sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus remained mum as she stood on the sidewalk holding an "idiot" sign as punishment.