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The Baldwin County Schools' transportation department is busy prepping and planning for the opening of the 2011-2012 school year.

A day away from Baldwin students’ return, Donald Tuft, transportation director, and his staff are gearing up to make safety a high priority this year.

Tuft said the public should be aware that in response to the consistent negligence of the school bus stop-arm across the state, a new law went into effect July 1 in an effort to police the recurrent offense.

Cameras can be placed on the side of the buses to capture images of motorists passing illegally. The consequences range from a $300 fine for the first offense to $1,000 for a third, and up to six points can be added to a driver’s license.

As the 2011 school year begins, bus safety will be the goal for Tuft and his staff, and he said ignoring the different safety precautions will not be acceptable.

“It’s a privilege to ride a school bus; it’s not a right,” Tuft said. “We want all students in the Baldwin County school system to feel safe.”

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