ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- A new program targeting drivers who pass stopped school buses goes in effect on Thursday in Montgomery County.
On January 2, MCPS students are returning to school and police are cracking down on drivers who don't stop with school buses.
Over winter break, several school buses were equipped with automated cameras that will record vehicles that pass stopped buses with activated flashing red lights, officials said in a news release.
Police will review the cameras and mail citations with $125 fines to violators. There are no points associated with the citation.
Maryland law requires drivers to stop for a bus with flashing red lights when traveling in the same direction as the bus or approaching the bus from the opposite direction without a physical barrier in between.
Police say the program will expand over the next several months and will target bus routes with the highest reports of violations.
Montgomery County Police encourage you to RESPECT THE BUS and Don't Get BUS-ted.