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WV State Troopers prepare for Operation D4

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Trooper Swope spent Friday looking for drunk, drugged, distracted, and dangerous drivers. Trooper Swope spent Friday looking for drunk, drugged, distracted, and dangerous drivers.
CABELL COUNTY, WV -

Drunk, drugged, distracted, and dangerous. The four "d's" that West Virginia State Police are looking for on the road at all times.

"We're not gonna take any excuses, we're gonna have zero tolerance during this," said Senior Trooper S. Swope.

Next Friday signals the crackdown: Operation D-4. Troopers will conduct the blitz in Cabell, Boone, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo and Wayne Counties starting Aug. 30 through Sept. 2, just in time for Labor Day.

Using a handheld device while driving became illegal last month in the state of West Virginia. Texting and talking on the phone are primary offenses. Drivers may pay $100 for the first offense; $200 for the second, then $300 for a third. The driver may also face three points against his/her license on the third conviction and subsequent convictions.

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Based on the number of offenses, penalties for drunk and drugged driving can include license revocation, imprisonment, and fines.

Swope said distracted drivers are the most prevalent "d."

"They have the same characteristics as like someone who's drunk, because they're weaving, crossing the center line," he said.

13 News patrolled the Huntington area with Swope on Friday.  In an hour, he pulled over three drivers, all of whom where using a handheld device while driving.

Troopers will be scheduled for the sole purpose of aggressively patrolling for drunk, drugged, distracted, and dangerous drivers.

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Officers can issue citations and make arrests if they witness these offenses.