The state Senate on Wednesday approved a package of bills meant to boost safety on school buses.

“Reckless drivers who ignore and break school bus safety laws endanger the lives of our children,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Increasing penalties and education around school bus safety measures is an important step to ensure that our communities are safer and young people’s lives are not put at risk. I applaud the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, Senator Kennedy, along with Senator Kaplan and Senator Parker, for leading the fight on this important safety issue.”

The measures include one bill that would hike fines for those who illegal attempt to overtake and pass a stopped school bus.

Another bill would add a school bus safety component to a driver’s education course as part of pre-licensing.

And a third measure would transfer the revenue generated by fines for illegally pass a school bus to a safety training program for study and promotion of bus safety.

“As lawmakers, we have a solemn duty to ensure that we take every step necessary to ensure the safety of the children in our communities,” said Sen. Anna Kaplan, the sponsor of one of the bills.

“So when we have a situation where an estimated 40,000 drivers in New York are illegally passing school buses each day, we have a crisis on our hands that demands attention. That’s why I’m proud to sponsor legislation that will ensure that driver education and licensing exams ensure that drivers in this state understand the laws on school bus safety.”