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Lawmakers trying to make school bus passing fine permanent

Posted at 9:30 AM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 09:32:40-05

Lawmakers in Maryland want to continue enforcing a law that punishes drivers for speeding past school buses that are stopped.

Right now, if an on-board camera captures a driver passing a bus, they face a $250 fine. If police catch them, it could be more than $500.

However, that law is set to expire on June 30, so lawmakers in the General Assembly are trying to pass a bill that would make the fines permanent.

Police say the number of reported violations have dropped since the fines have been in effect. WMAR-2 News did a story on drivers passing buses back in October 2018, saying that Balitmore County is high on the list for infractions.

"At one point, I was siting at a stop where I saw 25 cars go past my stop sign," said Michael Fahey, a Baltimore County bus driver.

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A Maryland Department of Education study shows that in one day in spring 2017, more than 3,800 drivers went around buses while the stop arms were out; more than 675 of those were in Baltimore County. Of the state's 24 school systems in the study Baltimore County came in second on the list of violators behind only Montgomery County.