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Distracted Truck Drivers

Churchville, N.Y. -- Nearly a year ago, George and Kathleen Weed of Pittsford were killed in an accident on Interstate 81 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, by a truck driver who police say was texting and driving.

"This utterly destroyed us," said the couple's daughter, Tricia Weed. "I mean devastating beyond words."

The driver has since been charged with two counts of homicide by motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, and involuntary manslaughter.

Accidents like this one has brought attention to truck drivers and distracted driving.

"You've got a potentially 80,000-pound vehicle and someone that's behind the wheel that's not paying attention you can cause an awful lot of damage and carnage," said Mark Keller, program manager at Professional Driver Institute in Churchville.

He said on day two of training for potential truck drivers, distracted driving is covered.

"I don't think it really sinks in until they're actually behind the wheel," he said.

Forty-three states have banned texting while driving.

But Keller said no matter what state commercial truck drivers are in, federal law prohibits them from using a electronic device behind the wheel.

They could face a maximum fine of $2,700, points on their license or a loss license.

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