New York State Police are increasing patrols to crack down on dangerous drivers as students head back to school. Drivers are urged to watch for students walking or biking, follow posted speed limits, and stop and wait for stopped school buses.

New York State Police are increasing patrols to crack down on dangerous drivers as students head back to school.

Drivers are urged to watch for students walking or biking, follow posted speed limits, and stop and wait for stopped school buses.

More than 850 tickets were issued for motorists illegally passing stopped school buses during a one-day enforcement in April.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee estimates that 50,000 vehicles illegally pass school buses every day across New York state.

Drivers convicted of passing a stopped school bus face a fine of $250 to $400 and five points on their license for a first violation. For three violations in three years, drivers face a maximum fine of $1,000, a revoked driver license for a minimum of six months, and could face jail time.