- Associated Press - Friday, May 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State traffic safety officials say they’re serious about enforcing laws against passing stopped school busses.

The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee says police issued 1,186 tickets to drivers for illegally passing a stopped school bus on April 16, the date of an annual safety initiative.

State officials say there are 2.3 million students in New York who ride school buses each day. And they estimate that roughly 50,000 drivers illegally pass stopped school buses in New York every day.

Passing a stopped school bus can cost drivers five points on their licenses. Fines start at $250.

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