MORGANTOWN \u2014 The Monongalia County Sheriff\u2019s Department will crack down on motorists who don\u2019t drive safely around school buses.\r\n\u201cNo tolerance,\u201d Sheriff Perry Palmer said. \u201cWe will write tickets.\u201d\r\nPublic school resumes in Monongalia County on Tuesday and more than 100 buses will transport more than 9,000 children to and from their first day of classes, Jeff Meadows, administrative assistant to the superintendent in charge of transportation, said.\r\nPalmer said every year the department receives complaints about motorists who pass school buses while unloading or loading children. He said this year, the department will get out ahead of the problem with extra officers in targeted areas.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019d hate for a tragedy to happen,\u201d Palmer said.\r\nHe said drivers need to be aware of their surroundings \u2014 children will be crossing roads and waiting by the side of roads for buses.\r\nDrivers should plan to leave 10-15 minutes early once school starts \u2014 something Plamer said he has to do himself.\r\nPalmer and Meadows worked together to identify problem areas where the extra enforcement will happen.\r\nMeadows said drivers passing stopped buses put students at risk of getting hit by a car and that his bus drivers try to catch all the offenders they can by taking pictures with the buses\u2019 outside cameras.\r\nHe said he\u2019s pleased the sheriff is taking on this cause.\r\nPalmer said taking a strong stance on enforcement will help get the message out that the behavior is not tolerated.\r\nIn addition to those who pass a stopped bus, deputies will target distracted drivers and speeders, he said. The sheriff has authorized overtime for the campaign and said shift officers who aren\u2019t on a call will make this their focus.\r\nPassing a bus while it\u2019s unloading or loading students or when the bus is flashing its warning signal lights is punishable by a fine of $250-$500 and\/or up to six months in jail for a first offense. A second conviction will cost $500-$1,000 and\/or up to six months in jail. Third and subsequent convictions carry a fine of $1,000 and 48 hours to six months in jail.\r\nDrivers will also lose their driver\u2019s licenses for 30 days for a first conviction, 90 days for a second conviction and six months for third and subsequent convictions.