Erie County Sheriff's Office urges drivers to pay extra attention as school starts up

WESTERN NEW YORK (WKBW) - As children across Western New York head back to school, local sheriff's offices are urging drivers to pay more attention on the roads, especially when school buses are involved.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office says if you don't stop for a stopped bus, the consequences can be severe.

Failing to stop for a school bus could cost you $250 to $400, 30 days in jail or both on your first conviction.

The second time it happens within three years, that fine ranges from $600 to $750, 180 days in jail or both.

And the third conviction within three years could cost anywhere from $750 to $1,000, 180 days in jail or both.

On top of any fines or possible jail time for failing to stop, you will also receive five points on your drivers license.

But the Erie County Sheriff says if you follow the rules and use extra caution on the roads, you could possibly save a life.

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