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Tuesday
Nov062012

Ohio Woman to Wear ‘Idiot’ Sign for Passing Bus on Sidewalk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- The Cleveland woman who was caught on camera swerving onto a sidewalk in order to pass a school bus full of children will have to stand at the intersection wearing an “idiot” sign, a judge has ruled.

Sheena Hardin, 32, received her sentence Monday in a Cleveland Municipal Court where she pleaded no contest to the charges of not stopping for a school bus and reckless operation on a street or highway.

Judge Pinkey S. Carr ordered Hardin to stand at the intersection of E. 38th Street and Payne Avenue next Tuesday and Wednesday mornings wearing a sign that says “Only an idiot drives on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus,” court records show.

The sign, according to the judge’s orders, must be written on 22 x 22 white poster board with the text written in all capital letters in black marker.  Hardin must wear the sign from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. both days.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District bus driver Uriah Herron captured the video of Hardin driving on the sidewalk last September so that she wouldn’t have to stop to wait for the children in the school bus to load and unload, according to local ABC News affiliate NewsNet5.

Hardin pleaded not guilty to the charges at a court hearing in September but reversed her plea in court Monday.

Judge Carr also ordered Hardin to pay $250 in court costs and suspended her license for 30 days, according to court records.

Neither Hardin nor her attorney, Eric Levy, returned messages for comment placed by ABC News.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun112012

Internal Organs Reportedly Found on Los Angeles Sidewalk

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- An investigation is trying to determine whether what appear to be internal organs found on a Los Angeles County sidewalk are actually lungs and where they came from.

The discovery was made on the sidewalk at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on South Avalon Boulevard in the unincorporated community of Athens in South Los Angeles, said Lt. Margarito Robles, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The individual who came across the organs “did what she [sic] should have done” and called the police, he said. Detectives responded to the scene, and the coroner was called as well.

The coroner’s office is now in possession of the organs to perform testing to determine if they are lungs and whether they belonged to an animal or a human.

“I don’t think they’re lungs. I don’t know what it is,” said Detective Phil Martinez of the LASD Homicide Bureau. “It takes an expert to determine that. A coroner doctor has to take a look at them, and that’s not scheduled until tomorrow.”

But Martinez said the organs in question certainly looked like lungs.

“They looked like internal organs. They’d been sitting out there all day long,” he said.

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Thursday
Jun232011

Boston Bans Segways on Sidewalks; Tour Company Sues

Kim Carson/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- When a local tour company in Boston showed people around the Massachusetts city on Segways -- those two-wheeled self-balancing people movers -- local residents seemed ready to start a revolution.

So now, Boston has passed an ordinance banning Segways from public sidewalks, and Mayor Thomas Menino has signed it.

But Boston Glides, the one tour company that uses them, is literally making a federal case of it. There is an injunction in place while a lawsuit makes its way through the legal system.

"Boston is known as a walkable city, and to have these motorized devices on the sidewalk is just absolutely dangerous to pedestrians," said City Council member Sal LaMattina, who first proposed the ban, in a comment to the Boston Herald.

Boston Glides shot back.

"Where they're coming from, I have no idea," said Edan Shekar, a guide for the tour company, in a telephone interview with ABC News. "We've never had an incident.  They're trying to legislate us out of business and if they succeed, I'm going to be out of a job."

Shekar said the tour company, which has 30 employees, limits Segway groups to six people.  He said the Segways are capable of a maximum speed of nine miles per hour, five mph on the bumpy sidewalks of the North End.

"People are scared of the machines at first, I think," Shekar said.

There has actually been a study suggesting they have reason.  A group of emergency room doctors, in a study last September in the Annals of Internal Medicine, said Segway-related injuries "are significant and seem to be increasing," especially among inexperienced users.

"Further investigation into the risks of use, as well as the optimal length and type of training or practice, is warranted," they wrote.

Segways have found niche markets as novelties for tour groups, as a quick way for police to maneuver in public places, and as an aid to warehouse workers (Amazon.com was famous as an early user).  People who have used them say the scooters, balanced with the help of two computers, are remarkably hard to tip over.

But Boston is hardly the first place to pass restrictions on their use, and Boston Glides said it will be forced out of business if it is forced into traffic on the streets.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jan252011

Lawmakers Seek to Crack Down on Distracted Pedestrians

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lawmakers in New York and Arkansas are taking aim at pedestrians who are distracted by electronic devices while running or walking on sidewalks and streets.

New York Sen. Carl Kruger is looking to impose a fine on walkers or joggers using a cell phone, iPod, or other electronic device while crossing the street in a big city.

"If somebody is found using a cell phone or texting or receiving an instant message while crossing the street then they would be subject to a $100 fine," Kruger said.

The senator added that the fine would not be wiped out by simply mailing in a check.

"You get the fine, you have to appear in court, you have to lose some time.  You have to appear before a judge.  You're gonna get admonished for what you did.  And you're going to have to pay that civil fine," he said.

Kruger said the proposed fine is not a ploy to raise money but rather the result of reported deaths around the country in connection to distracted pedestrians.  Of those deaths, two were in his district in Brooklyn, where, in one incident, he said "a gentleman was standing on the corner, ready to cross the street, wired into his iPod, crosses over, walks right into a New York City bus."

Moreover, Arkansas Sen. Jimmy Jeffress is proposing a bill that would forbid pedestrians from wearing headphones in both ears when they are on or near streets, intersections or highways, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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