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September 27, 2012  |   Comments (1)   |   Post a comment

Motorist pleads innocent in illegal bus-passing incident


CLEVELAND — A woman who was captured on video driving on a sidewalk to pass a stopped school bus earlier this month and cited by police has pled not guilty to the incident, Fox 8 reports.  

As previously reported, 32-year-old Shena Hardin was driving with her mother in the car on Sept. 11, and footage shows her driving her Jeep on the sidewalk to get around the bus. Police were waiting for her, and she was ticketed.

At the time, Hardin’s mother said that the bus was taking a long time, and that her daughter was running late. She said that her daughter made the move to “give that bus plenty of room.”

Hardin was charged by police with not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation.

Fox 8 reports that the front portion of Hardin’s alleged detour path is the entrance to a local day care.

To read the full story, click here.

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Ignorance of the law is NO defense. "Until the stop arm of a school bus is cancelled no motorist is allowed to drive around a stopped school bus loading or unloading school children." This includes emergency response vehicles. Properly licensed school bus drivers do not hold up traffic any longer than necessary. I actually had a person drive up onto the sidewalk and pass my school bus back in 1985/86 school year. My student just made it onto the entrance step just as the car went right past the entry door where the student was just standing on the sidewalk. The car pulled into the high school parking lot. With law enforcement witnessing the action and issuing the traffic ticket it now comes down to the prosecutor and judge following through with a well deserved fine and then they can explain their actions to their insurance agent while preparing to pay high-risk insurance for a number of years. Why? All because they were running late. That excuse would not weigh well in court had they ran over and killed a student or number of student at the bus stop. Buses and bus stops have been around for many many years and you would think motorist would know by now the basic laws concerning a stopped school bus. Do the crime - pay the fine! You may quote me any time!!! Dan - Indiana.

Dan Luttrell    |    Sep 27, 2012 05:59 PM

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