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Investigation shows more truckers driving distracted
New York -- A hidden camera investigation has uncovered a dangerous trend on highways.
WABC-TV in New York City set up camera on several of highly travel roadways, catching truckers texting and talking on their phones and one driver even talking on two cell phones at once.
The New York State Department of Transportation said nearly 16,000 truckers were ticketed for distracted driving in 2013, but only four of them were suspended and taken out of service.
George and Kathleen Weed, a Pittsford couple, died last May when their car was hit by a tractor-trailer on Interstate 81 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Police said the driver was texting when his tractor-trailer slammed into the back of the Weeds car.
Their family said tougher penalties are needed in all states, or else other families will have to deal with loss as well.
"We're an extremely close-knit family, and this utterly destroyed us, Tricia Weed told WABC. I mean devastating beyond words.
They dedicated a lot of time to their grandchildren and being with us and our family, said Bryan Weed. Now they're not around to do that anymore.
National Transportation Safety Board leaders said the investigation showed stricter penalties may be necessary.
Any driver caught texting or talking on their phone behind the wheel faces a $150 fine and up to five points on their license.