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State Campaign A Reminder of Penalties for Passing School Buses

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RALEIGH — Getting students to school safely is the focus of a major new statecampaign called "The Bus Stops Here. So Should You." It's an effort to getthe word out on the dangers of motorists passing stopped school buses.

Four state agencies got together after just a one-day study revealed thousands of violations. State leaders want to get the word out that thepenalties for violating the school bus passing law are severe.

"Your insurance here in North Carolina, because of the pointsyou receive, will go up a minimum of 90 percent for at least three years,"said Sec. Richard Moore, N.C. Crime Control and Public Safety. "That'salmost a doubling of your insurance dollars."

If one area gets significant complaints about passing school buses, stateleaders said highway patrol officers will ride along on the buses to catchthe violators.

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