Cleveland ordinance on passing stopped school buses moves forward in city council

Driver went on sidewalk to avoid stopped bus

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.

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