State news in brief

Thousands of tickets issued during sweep

ALBANY (AP) — 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 through10 were for distracted driving. Troopers issued about twice as many speeding tickets.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo 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.

State: Increased wildfire risk

ALBANY (AP) — New York state officials are warning residents of the dangers of wildfires.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Monday that higher-than-normal temperatures and seasonal winds could heighten the risk of wildfires this spring.

The state has banned open burning through May 14.

Brush fires often are a problem in the spring as rising temperatures and dry grass can create potentially dangerous situations.

The governor’s office says crews have recently responded to reports of fires in Albany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Essex, Herkimer, Orange and Saratoga counties.

Cuomo’s office says residents can prepare for possible brush fires by inspecting their home’s exterior, removing dead leaves or vegetation and keeping a working hose connected to an outdoor faucet.

By Patricia Older

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