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Insider Report: Woman drives on sidewalk to avoid school bus

Published September 17, 2012

One of the greatest sins a driver can commit, right up there with blocking the path of an emergency vehicle, is ignoring the flashing lights on a school bus that is stopped to load or unload kids. One impatient Cleveland woman thought she had the perfect solution: Rather than pass to the left of the bus on the left, she took her “Trail Rated” CUV onto the sidewalk.

Having spotted the woman doing this in the past, school bus driver Uriah Herron made a call to police and then used his cell camera to grab video of the Jeep being pulled over. In the video, the bus had stopped to pick up a handicapped child, when along came 32-year-old Shena Hardin, who headed for the sidewalk without hesitation. Hardin’s mother, who was riding shotgun says her daughter has never done this before: “Today was the first day she did that and that was a bad move today.”

But the mom of the disabled child disagrees, saying: “No, she did it all last school year. I was over there February of last year. She did it ever since then.”

Hardin received a ticket for failing to stop for the school bus according to NewsNet5.

Read more: How to avoid being ticketed in a school zone

Read more: Impatient driver gets the hook – literally

2012 Pepsi Nightfire Nationals Nostalgia Top Fuel & Funny Car

When I first saw that this video was close to 40 minutes long, I very nearly didn’t watch. That would have been a big shame, because this is the most hardcore display of internal combustion action I have seen in a long time!

Nitro America condensed all of the action from an entire weekend of nostalgic drags into one video. The event, appropriately called the Nightfire Nationals, is held at Firebird Raceway, Boise, Idaho and brings together many of the front engine dragsters and floppy body funny cars that I remember seeing on TV as a kid. The sight of these nitro burning monsters at night, with flames a metre long coming from the upturned sidepipes, is truly awesome. Turn it up loud and watch in full screen to immerse yourself in some old school drag racing!

Targa Newfoundland videos keep coming, sort of

The tech troubles continued for the video crew at Targa Newfoundland, so the daily videos stopped coming, but that doesn’t mean the action stopped. A quick tour of Youtube turned up some fun stuff.

First off, Youtube user 235FireFly caught this clip of Wheels own Jim Kenzie as he blasts through a soggy subdivision in Gander. Visit his channel to see many of the other entries on the same stretch of road.

The folks at Vivid racing have been posting videos daily, including this nice compilation of action from Thursday’s Marystown stages.

Robert Kubica back behind the wheel of a rally car

If Alex Zanardi exemplifies the perseverance of the human spirit, then perhaps Robert Kubica could be considered something like a feline who has consumed a few of his allotment of lives. Having survived a frightening crash in a Formula 1 car in Montreal, the driver continued pursuing his true passion on his off weekends. Like a driver of the Sixties (or Tony Stewart), Kubica loves to race anything with wheels, but his favourite sport is rally. Another massive crash in a Skoda Fabia nearly cost him his life. The Skoda hit a roadside barrier and was impaled. Kubica suffered substantial blood loss along with many broken bones including the partial amputation of his hand. Following nearly 20 months of surgeries, rehab and a re-broken leg, Kubica is back behind the wheel of a rally car in a big way.

The Polish driver is rumoured to have done some testing with the Ford WRC team, but last weekend he entered the Ronde Gomitolo Di Lana rally in a WRC prepared Subaru. As the two videos show, Kubica has lost none of his aggression on the road, as he quite literally throws the Subie around on the tarmac on his way to an overall win with a margin of more than a minute ahead of the second place driver.

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