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Troopers to watch for drivers passing stopped school buses

RALEIGH (AP) -- State troopers will watch this week for motorists who fail to stop when a school bus lets out children on North Carolina roads. Highway Patrol commander Fletcher Clay says authorities will charge drivers who try to pass a bus that has stopped and extended its warning arm. The charge is a misdemeanor that can bring a fine of up to $200 and five points on a driver's license. Officials say more than 2,300 drivers violate the school bus law every school day. Troopers will patrol school areas and follow buses throughout the week. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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