At least three area law-enforcement agencies have received grant money they will use in an attempt to curb unsafe driving around school buses.
When school starts Wednesday, officers will begin following school buses in marked cars, watching for drivers who pass school buses that are stopped with flashing lights. They also will be looking for other violations.
Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. David Kloos said troopers will patrol with the buses before and after school. The Hagerstown barracks received $13,500 from the Department of Maryland State Police, which distributed $522,000 statewide from the School Bus Enforcement Fund.
The Washington County Sheriff's Department received $15,000 from the fund and the Smithsburg Police Department received $1,000, according to a prepared release.