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modeled
Posts: 9,334
San Diego, California, US


Watch as this lady drives completely off the road and onto a sidewalk to avoid stopping by a school bus.  Unbelievable!

story/video:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/201 … n=20121113

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CLEVELAND — In addition to a license suspension and fine, a woman who was caught on video passing a school bus by driving on the sidewalk will have to make an unflattering declaration to the world.  Or at least to Cleveland.
Shena Hardin, 32, plead out on Monday in order to avoid facing a trial.

Back in September, she plead not guilty to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation.
A bus driver had noticed Hardin’s pattern along East 38th Street so he notified Cleveland Schools and had his cell phone camera rolling during one of her episodes.

The portion of sidewalk she used to avoid the bus was the entrance to a day care.

Police set up a sting to catch her on her makeshift detour and cited her on Sept. 11.

As part of her sentence from Cleveland Municipal Court, Hardin must wear a sign that says, “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid the school bus.”

While wearing it, she’ll stand near the location of the crime for an hour per day, next Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Hardin, of Cleveland, may have to hitch a ride there, as her license was suspended for 30 days.
She must also pay a $250 fine.

Nov 13 12 01:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 31,986
Los Angeles, California, US


I know the facts of the case, but if I came across her I'd assume she was trying to tell other people to drive better. Especially if she put more effort into trying to make people read it.

She could even shout it out at people. Then they'd think she was a secular version of some sort of person calling everyone sinners.
Nov 13 12 01:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sarah Robinson-Bird
Posts: 539
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom


Now if that happened over here, the bus driver would have got points and a fine for using a recording device whilst driving
Nov 13 12 01:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ashes to Ashes
Posts: 3,784
Norway, Maine, US


Sarah Robinson-Bird wrote:
Now if that happened over here, the bus driver would have got points and a fine for using a recording device whilst driving

I thought he was parked.

Nov 13 12 02:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Sarah Robinson-Bird wrote:
Now if that happened over here, the bus driver would have got points and a fine for using a recording device whilst driving

The bus was stopped to load or unload kids, which made the stunt more egregious. And I think the cops endorsed video-recording the act, since residents had repeatedly complained about this woman.

Nov 13 12 02:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sarah Robinson-Bird
Posts: 539
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom


Ashes to Ashes wrote:

I thought he was parked.

If the engine is running, you're considered to be in control of the vehicle. Maybe I should have said "for using a recording device whilst in control of a vehicle" for clarity there. My bad

Nov 13 12 02:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Compass Rose Studios
Posts: 15,963
Portland, Oregon, US


We should all start buying dashcams like the Russians do.

The shenanigans I see here in Portland don't quite put that to shame...but close.
Nov 13 12 02:23 pm  Link  Quote 
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SillyEddy
Posts: 2,246
Coventry, England, United Kingdom


Sarah Robinson-Bird wrote:

If the engine is running, you're considered to be in control of the vehicle. Maybe I should have said "for using a recording device whilst in control of a vehicle" for clarity there. My bad

You'd probably get away with it... You can use your phone whilst driving if it's an emergency, for instance. I think in some parts of the world, (maybe even the UK and US), just being in the driver's seat with the engine switched off could give "probable cause" for them to breathalyse you if you were sleeping and smelt a little boozy.


I think this is one of the finer punishments though. With the Samsung/Apple thing in the UK as well, it seems like recently there have been some amusing results from the legal system!

Nov 13 12 02:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Sarah Robinson-Bird
Posts: 539
Sheffield, England, United Kingdom


SillyEddy wrote:

You'd probably get away with it... You can use your phone whilst driving if it's an emergency, for instance. I think in some parts of the world, (maybe even the UK and US), just being in the driver's seat with the engine switched off could give "probable cause" for them to breathalyse you if you were sleeping and smelt a little boozy.


I think this is one of the finer punishments though. With the Samsung/Apple thing in the UK as well, it seems like recently there have been some amusing results from the legal system!

You can sleep in your car in a designated rest area ie a motorway services. If they find you sleeping on the hard shoulder they generally escort you to the nearest services to let you sleep there.

That said, I've been breathalysed every time I've been pulled over, normally after they discover the car is mine and I've insured it, it's road legal and I have tax

Nov 13 12 02:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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ChrisFischerPhotography
Posts: 852
Otsego, Minnesota, US


NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
I know the facts of the case, but if I came across her I'd assume she was trying to tell other people to drive better.

Indeed. They should have made her add the words "like me" after "idiot".

Nov 13 12 04:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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R80
Posts: 2,567
Marceline, Missouri, US


She got off too easy.  One can only wonder what other live-threatening offences she's performed since we now know this isn't the first time she's done this.  People usually take issue over someone endangering their kids.
Nov 13 12 11:03 pm  Link  Quote 
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Digital Photo PLUS
Posts: 5,503
Lorton, Virginia, US


Sarah Robinson-Bird wrote:
Now if that happened over here, the bus driver would have got points and a fine for using a recording device whilst driving

No such laws where I live. I record and drive all the time. Well, not when I'm texting, reading mail, or playing Bejeweled.

Nov 14 12 08:13 am  Link  Quote 
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Jay Edwards
Posts: 17,702
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US


heehee
Nov 14 12 08:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Wildcat Photography
Posts: 1,486
Valparaiso, Indiana, US


Jay  Edwards wrote:
heehee

Her drivers license should be suspended for at least 1 year...or longer!

Wildcat

Nov 14 12 11:25 am  Link  Quote 
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Cait Chan
Posts: 6,272
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US


The sign should have read: "I'm a stupid bitch who puts your kids' lives in danger when I get behind the wheel"
Nov 14 12 02:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Isis22
Posts: 2,276
Muncie, Indiana, US


And to think that she is a mother!
Nov 14 12 04:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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