- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state police are going after drivers who pass stopped school buses.

The effort, called Operation Safe Stop, resulted in more than 1,000 tickets on a single day in April to motorists who drove around buses while children were being loaded or unloaded.

A ticket could cost up to $400 for a first offense, plus a court surcharge and five points on a driver’s license.

Authorities say an estimated 50,000 motorists pass school buses in New York state each day.

New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico says protecting children is a top priority.

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