By Deb Belt, Patch National Staff 

Maryland State Police offer tips for drivers around school buses; Sept. 4 is the first day of school. How to be safe and avoid a $570 fine.

Students across Maryland will return to school after the Labor Day holiday weekend, most on Tuesday, Sept. 4. That means drivers need to remember to follow a few rules of the road that might not be the first thing that comes to mind after having the summer off, along with students in the state. And forgetting those rules — and being caught doing so — could carry stiff penalties for drivers or, even worse, cause a serious accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the greatest risk to children is approaching and leaving a school bus.