April 25, 2014

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Cleveland officials want tougher penalties for people who don’t stop for school buses

CLEVELAND — 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.

The 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.”