Cleveland cracks down on passing school buses

CLEVELAND (AP) — Proposed new city ordinances in Cleveland would crack down on motorists passing school buses and people assaulting bus or train drivers.

The Plain Dealer newspaper (http://bit.ly/14EYhnu ) reports that if the ordinance is passed by city council, Cleveland would become the first city in Ohio to make failing to stop for a school bus a first-degree misdemeanor.

Currently, passing a school bus is a fourth-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $250 fine. A first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Assaults on transit workers would also become first-degree misdemeanors. That ordinance would also ban playing sound equipment without earphones and other misconduct.

The council’s public safety committee approved the ordinances Wednesday.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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