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Distracted driving sweep tickets thousands

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Posted at 6:30 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 06:30:52-04

New York state troopers issued more than 15,000 tickets during a five-day sweep targeting drivers using electronic devices. 

About 2,000 of the tickets issued from April 6-10 were for distracted driving. Troopers issued about twice as many speeding tickets.

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo (KWOH'-moh) says police are targeting distracted driving because it too often leads to avoidable tragedies.

The campaign was funded by the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee.