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Operation Safe Stop in Effect

Law enforcement officers in the Southern Tier and across the state are cracking down on drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

Thursday they were taking part in the 22nd annual Operation Safe Stop Day. Officers were on board school buses as well as in marked and unmarked police cars issuing tickets to violators. According to the website Safe New York an estimated 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass New York State school buses every day.

"We refer to them in our family as precious cargo and that's what they are. And that's why even if you're in a hurry you're only going to be held up an extra minute or two," said Broome County Sheriff Dave Harder.

First-time violators who are convicted will face fines up to 400 dollars and the possibility of 30 days in jail.