Judge: Woman must wear ‘idiot’ sign for driving on sidewalk

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:33 EDT
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A woman drives on the sidewalk in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo: Screenshot via Fox 8 Cleveland.
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Probably everyone who regularly tempts fate on America’s roadways has yelled at a fellow motorist a time or two — which is what makes this story so satisfying.

Cleveland, Ohio resident Shena Hardin, 32, was sentenced Monday to wear a sign explaining her boneheaded traffic maneuver: driving on a sidewalk to avoid having to stop for a school bus.

It wasn’t her first time, either: after a bus driver saw her hop the curb multiple times over several days, he notified police and brought a video camera to work. Officers also set up a sting in case she tried it again.

Sure enough, video shot by the bus driver showed her pulling up onto a sidewalk through a driveway in front of a day care center. And not only was she caught on tape, a waiting police officer saw her commit the offense, which was replayed on Fox 8 Cleveland Monday night.

A judge ordered Hardin to spend an hour for two days next week standing at a nearby intersection wearing a sign that says, “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.” The Associated Press noted that the judge also suspended her license for 30 days and fined her $250.

This video is from Fox 8 Cleveland, broadcast Monday, November 5, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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