Everyone knows that you must stop your car when you approach a stopped school bus. That’s just a basic road rule and there’s no way around it.
One woman took it upon herself to find a way around the law, as she was captured on video behind another car that prepares to stop for the bus. This woman goes around the car and drives on the sidewalk so that she doesn’t have to make the stop.
The bus driver has seen her pull the move before, taking video with his phone while explaining the time and preparing for the woman to come into view.
She’s swiftly pulled over by the police for the incident, as the cop is waiting for her to break the law. The bus driver notes, “All right, she has been caught. Justice has been served.”
The woman, Sheena Hardin, was cited for the violation, fined $250, and had her license pulled for 30 days. She was also forced to stand at an intersection for an hour during the morning rush hour with a sign reading: “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.”
She told ABC News in a statement: “This is a learning experience for me and an example for my daughter that if you make poor or bad choices you have to suffer the consequences. I broke traffic laws, the same as running a red light or texting while driving. All have the potential for a dangerous outcome.”
Hardin plead no contest to charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation on a street or highway.
Commenters on the news story video about the crime had plenty to say, with one person noting: “It’s so annoying when people think they can do whatever they want. Whats so hard about stopping for 15 seconds? Seriously. Was it worth the hundreds of $$ now you have to pay?”
Another person thought she should have faced more serious punishment for the infraction, noting: “not arrested!?! Endangering public safety. Endangering the welfare of children. Driving on a sidewalk. Among other things… she should have her license revoked.”
At least one commenter actually sided with the woman’s rule-breaking move, noting: “I don’t blame her. I bet she was in a rush to get somewhere. If I was in that situation, I’d be pissed off too of all the things getting in my way. One of the reasons why I hate people, everybody always getting in my way when I’m trying to get someplace.”
Interestingly, one commenter explained that some buses have cameras to catch people not stopping: “Actually, many school districts are now installing stop paddle cameras – as soon as that stop paddle comes out, the cameras start recording. And here in Washington state, you’re required to have a front license plate. Not only that, but passing a school bus in Washington is a $394 fine, with absolutely ZERO verbal warnings allowed. You get caught, you will get a ticket, period.”
Another commenter put it simply: “This is one of the laziest things I’ve ever seen.”