There are undoubtedly hefty fines for passing a stopped school bus with its flashing lights on and stop sign deployed, so Shena Hardin, 32, of Cleveland, Ohio, thought it would be an acceptable alternative to use the sidewalk to pass instead. Back in September, Hardin was seen using the sidewalk as a bypass on multiple occasions, and a quick-thinking bus driver videotaped her doing so and alerted police. On September 11, police were able to catch her Jeep Compass in the act, and this week, a judge doled out her punishment.

Despite video evidence showing her driving on the sidewalk twice, Hardin plead Not Guilty to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation at a September court hearing, but the judge found otherwise. In addition to a $250 fine and 30-day suspension of her driver's license, the judge also ordered Hardin to stand at an intersection near where she dodged the bus wearing a sign that says "Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." She'll be out there next Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:45 am to 8:45 am.

Scroll down to watch a video of Hardin's dangerous maneuver, and then let us know what you think of her punishment in the poll below.


What do you think of the judge's punishment for Shena Hardin?
Too harsh; public embarrassment is going overboard 841 (5.3%)
Perfect; she'll probably think twice before doing this again 5445 (34.6%)
Not enough; fines and suspension should have been harsher 9294 (59.0%)
I'm not sure 178 (1.1%)



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      paratroopa07
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we get these idiots off the road?
      GreenN_Gold
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the furthest off road THAT Jeep has ever been.
      Klep
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jeep official response to the article was "See, we told you the compass can go 'off-road'." In all seriousness though, it takes a pathetic person to attempt driving around a stopped school bus, let alone on the sidewalk. And to do it multiple times?! Driving should privileges should be revoked for at least a year. When I was in grade school a fellow student was killed by a driver who passed a stopped bus, so I have no respect for anyone who does it.
      Moosetang
      • 2 Years Ago
      Way to go, bus driver.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty small fine considering what they give you for going 80mph in a 70mph zone on an empty highway.
      Pandabear
      • 2 Years Ago
      The stop sign is for a reason: to protect children. Getting around it by driving on the side walk is significantly more dangerous to the children. The driver should have gone to jail for that.
      Evan Hayden
      • 2 Years Ago
      Putting aside what a selfish idiot this driver is, couldn't she have just found an alternate route to work / wherever? Much of Cleveland is laid out like a grid. It's not that hard to go around the block if you're running into the same delay every day.
        Michael Jones
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Evan Hayden
        No, that is to much of a hardship for her, her sidewalk driving rights would have been violated!!!
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      The first line in Driver's Handbook for California written exam says "driving is not your right, it's a privilege" There's no difference between this woman driving on a sidewalk (not once but on multiple occasions) and someone who starts shooting a gun in the air in a public place. Cars are for our comfort, but they can also be weapons. She put lives in danger, even though no one was hurt. The judge should have been more rough on her.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fine for passing a Stopped school bus in Washington state is $590. She should have been fined for driving on the sidewalk as well.
      Wisdom Seeker
      • 2 Years Ago
      "But Your Honor, it's a Jeep. It was designed for off-road use."
        SloopJohnB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        OK, that one was pretty funny....
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wisdom Seeker
        Prosecutor: "Objection, your honor. The Compass is not a Jeep." Judge: "Sustained."
      imnuts
      • 2 Years Ago
      She should be forced to use a bus to get places, and be required to wear a sign with "I lost my license by driving on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus".
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