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Fight on terror results in fewer traffic tickets

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State police issued a third fewer traffic tickets in the four months after the World Trade Center attacks because troopers were redeployed to New York City and sensitive security posts.

The decline in fines cost municipalities a significant source of revenue.

Troopers wrote 184,349 tickets statewide from September through December 2001, compared with 273,781 tickets from the same period in 2000, according to state police.

"It's stabilizing now. The numbers pretty much should be back to normal," Sgt. Glenn Miner said Friday.

More than 500 upstate troopers were deployed to New York City after Sept. 11. Other troopers were reassigned to patrol the Canadian border and the state's bridges, tunnels and nuclear power plants.