YONKERS - State and local police departments were out in full force this morning, stepping up patrols near school bus stops.

Officials say Operation Safe Stop was designed to make it safer for school kids to get to class.

This morning, law enforcement officers were looking for drivers who illegally passed stopped school buses and ignored the flashing red stop-sign lights.

The penalty for getting caught is up to $400 in fines, five points on your driver's license, and possibly 30 days in jail.