A Cleveland woman who reportedly had more than once used the same stretch of sidewalk to pass a stopped school bus has taken a plea after being brought to justice with the help of a cellphone video taken by the bus driver and a Sept. 11 police sting.Originally charged with reckless operation and failing to stop for a school bus, Shena Hardin, 32, took a plea in Cleveland Municipal Court on Monday and was sentenced to lose her license for 30 days and pay a $250 fine. She must also twice return to the scene of the crime and, for one hour each time, publicly wear a sign proclaiming “Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid the school bus,” WJW reports.The stretch of sidewalk that Hardin drove on was right in front of a day care center, the article notes.Hat tip: WDAF. … [Read more...] about See the Video: Driver Uses Sidewalk to Get Around School Bus, Is Busted; Plea Requires ‘Idiot’ Sign
Frank Long was already working as a school bus driver in 2014 when a job offer he had gotten to drive a SEPTA bus in the Philadelphia area was rescinded.The problem was two 1997 drug-related convictions, Philly.com reported.Now the 56-year-old is suing the transit agency, contending that its misuse of criminal background information violates federal employment law. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, seeks class-action status on behalf of all applicants rejected for SEPTA jobs because of background-check information that was allegedly improperly obtained or analyzed.“I’ve lived in Philadelphia practically all my life and have experience doing exactly the kind of work SEPTA was hiring for,” Long said in a written statement provided by his lawyer, Ryan Allen Hancock of Willig, Williams & Davidson. “I care about my community and am not a threat to anyone. This job would make a real difference in my life.” Related coverage:ABAJournal.com: … [Read more...] about School bus driver sues after his city transit job application is rejected over long-ago conviction
A man was arrested Thursday for reportedly jumping onto the hood of a moving school bus. It was all caught on tape. Video shows a visibly furious person hanging onto the hood, slamming his fist, and yelling at the driver to stop the bus. The driver refused. Children can be heard laughing, shocked that this was happening. Cops identified the man as 68-year-old Leverne Ardin Doran, WBAL reported. Currently out of custody, he faces several charges including disorderly conduct and destruction of property.This all started when a student allegedly threw a bottle out of the school bus at Doran’s car.“A school bus traveling from Loch Raven Middle School was in traffic,” Baltimore County police Sgt. Andrea Bylen told the outlet. “It was sitting next to another vehicle. Allegedly, a bottle of some sort was thrown out of the bus toward that vehicle. At that point, the driver of that vehicle got out of his vehicle.”Cops said Doran tried to get into the bus, but … [Read more...] about Man Arrested After Insane Video Allegedly Shows Him on Hood of Moving School Bus (WATCH)
A labor arbitrator has upheld the grievance of a school bus driver who was terminated from her job with a bus company after she brought alcohol-laced cupcakes to work, and offered them to other employees. He found that she was not fired for “just cause” under the collective bargaining agreement because the bus company’s policy barring the presence and use of “intoxicating beverages,” on which the employer relied, was inapplicable to the grievant’s alcohol-infused cupcakes. First Student, Inc. and Teamsters Local Union 957, 134 LA (Bloomberg/BNA) 1699 (May 26, 2015) (Fullmer, J., Arb.).Unit employees arranged on-site “potluck” social gatherings or “parties” from time to time, towards the end of the work day. Employees signed up to bring various food and drink. On two occasions in 2013, the grievant brought her “adult” cupcakes to work for these events. On Halloween 2014, she did so again. Her two dozen offerings … [Read more...] about School Bus Driver’s Alcohol-Laced Cupcakes Did Not Violate Employer’s Rule Barring Intoxicating Beverages From Company Property, Arbitrator Rules
The safety of schoolchildren has been a priority every year at the General Assembly. But several years ago former NC House Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell shone a bright light on the safety of children boarding and disembarking from school buses — his own son Dalton was tragically hit and killed by a car that illegally passed a stopped school bus in Forsyth County in 1999. Pro Tempore Folwell was able to push legislation increasing the penalty for passing a stopped school bus to 5 points on a driver's license, but a punishment isn’t always the best deterrent.In fact, the best deterrent may be a barrier for the passing car. BL Solutions has developed an new school bus arm that extends from the bus totally across the oncoming lane of traffic. Any oncoming car that runs into the arm will incur lots of collision damage but the arm will fall away from the bus without harming it.This legislative session House Bill 489 was introduced … [Read more...] about Safely Boarding the School Bus – we’re never done.