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Officials urge drivers to be alert as school begins today

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Monday is the first day of school for many students around the Piedmont.279088_630x354

So officials are reminding the public, it's not just kids and parents who need to get prepared for this week. Drivers need to be extra alert as well.

With kids heading back to school that means more buses on the road, so be aware and slow down. And if you see the extended stop arm come out, be prepared to stop as kids get on and off their buses.

Some buses are now equipped with cameras that can catch your license plate if you pass a stopped bus, leading to a $500 fine and possible jail time.