AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety says most schools statewide have resumed classes and drivers should use care or be ready to pay higher fines.
DPS says one of the most dangerous times for students, such as youngsters returning to campuses on Monday, is when they enter or exit the bus.

As of Sept. 1, drivers who illegally pass school buses in Texas will face higher fines. DPS says the maximum fine for a first offense will increase from $1,000 to $1,250. Drivers who violate school bus passing laws more than once already face suspension of their licenses for up to six months.

A ticket for illegally passing a school bus in Texas cannot be dismissed through taking a defensive driving course.