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Police agencies get money to enforce bus safety laws

August 25, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

More than 60 Maryland law enforcement agencies and barracks, including four that cover parts of Washington County, have been awarded grants to enforce bus safety traffic laws, Maryland State Police said Wednesday.

The money is available through a School Bus Enforcement Fund created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2000, police said in a news release.

The money will let police officers work overtime on school bus patrols. A focus will be motorists who don't stop for flashing red lights on school buses.

The minimum fine for school bus violations is $550, police said.

A local breakdown of the $515,000 in grants awarded across the state includes:

- Hancock Police Department, $3,800

- Smithsburg Police Department, $1,800

- Washington County Sheriff's Department, $15,000

- Maryland State Police in Hagerstown, $10,000

In Frederick County, the recipients include the Brunswick Police Department ($1,000) and the Frederick Police Department ($4,500).

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State Police said an additional $35,000 will be awarded in January to law enforcement agencies that stop the most motorists for school bus safety violations.

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