Montgomery County school bus cameras issuing tickets Thursday

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP/WJLA) - New cameras are keeping watch for motorists who pass stopped school buses in Montgomery County.

The new enforcement program began Thursday when students returned to classes.

County police say over winter break 100 buses were equipped with cameras that record vehicles passing stopped buses with activated flashing red lights. The department will review violations and citations with $125 fines will be mailed to the registered owner.

Each of Montgomery County's six bus depots will start with one camera-equipped bus, officials say. That will be expanded to more vehicles over the next several weeks.

Maryland law requires motorists traveling in the same direction as a stopped school bus with activated flashing red lights to stop. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction must stop unless there is a barrier, such as a median.

Police say the program will target routes with the highest reports of violations.

Brianne Carter contributed to this report.

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