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Charles County commissioners’ President Candice Quinn Kelly paid a $570 fine and received three points on her driver’s license for passing a stopped school bus at 8:39 a.m. April 30 while traveling east on Port Tobacco Road at its intersection with Causeway Street in Port Tobacco, according to online Maryland court records.

Kelly chalked up the violation to being “easily distracted” on the road and said the penalty “could never be more appropriate.”

She did not contest the ticket. Three points and a $570 fine is the standard penalty for drivers who are ticketed for passing a stopped school bus and do not contest the citation.

“I’m more than happy to pay it, and I’m just thankful that nothing happened,” Kelly said, adding that she apologized to the driver of the bus she passed and the parents waiting with their children at the stop.