Montgomery County school bus cameras issuing tickets Thursday

      ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP/WJLA) - New cameras are keeping watch for motorists who pass stopped school buses in Montgomery County.

      The new enforcement program{ }began Thursday when students returned to classes.

      County police say over winter break{ }100 buses were equipped with cameras that record vehicles passing stopped buses with activated flashing red lights. The department will review violations and citations with $125 fines will be mailed to the registered owner.

      Each of Montgomery County's six bus depots will start with one camera-equipped bus, officials say. That will be expanded to more vehicles over the next several weeks.

      Maryland law requires motorists traveling in the same direction as a stopped school bus with activated flashing red lights to stop. Motorists traveling in the opposite direction must stop unless there is a barrier, such as a median.

      Police say the program will target routes with the highest reports of violations.

      Brianne Carter contributed to this report.