Cruel and Unusual Punishment – Or Not?

An Ohio woman caught driving on the sidewalk to pass a bus unloading children was sentenced to stand on the side of the street wearing a sign warning about idiots. Was the punishment going too far?

A Cleveland judge recently sentenced a woman to spend an hour on each of two days on the side of the road wearing a sign that read, "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus." Her crime - driving on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus.

According to a story in Online Athens, the 32-year-old Ohio woman was videoed driving her car on the sidewalk to avoid having to wait behind a school bus offloading students. The judge, who didn’t think she showed enough remorse for her actions, sentenced her to wear the sign. Television stations were reportedly on hand to film the event and motorists honked as they drove past. She also had her license suspended for 30 days and had to pay a $250 fine.

So what do you think? Did the punishment fit the crime? Or is public humiliation not the way to punish people in modern society?

Tammy Osier November 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Littering laws should have been suspended temporarily in this case as people should be allowed to throw tomatoes and garbage at her. She could have killed somebody. Wishful thinking, I know, but this really makes me mad and should have a stiff penalty.
GMP November 15, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Well if it were me, I would make her life like Groundhog Day , she would relive that day everyday till she got it right. OMG I just had an ugly thought, PEOPLE LIKE THIS ARE ALLOW TO VOTE!!!!!!!
bobby black November 15, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It was obvious from her looks and the remarks of her mother that she was not the least bit remorseful. The sentence wasn't even close to being harsh enough.
YT November 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
No it was not cruel...in fact the sentence was too light. It should have been at least 7 days wearing the sign, 7 days in jail and license revoked for 1 year. She is stupid for what she did.
Tammy Osier November 15, 2012 at 11:15 PM
YT - she's not just stupid- she's a criminal and I think she should be treated like one. When she kills someone, I hope the judge can live with his/herself. The fine should have been so stiff she couldn't pay it and then lock her up and get her off the road.


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