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Trucking company suspends driver who bragged on Facebook
A prime example of "stupid"! Article thanks to and Ryan Raiche. Links provided:

Trucking company suspends driver who bragged on FB that he drove 20+ hours with no sleep.
Nov, 2015  LAKELAND, Fla. - The Florida Highway Patrol is now looking into a truck driver's posts on Facebook, bragging that he drove more than 20-hours straight without sleeping in order to get a good pay day.
The driver, Kerry Cuthbert of Chicago, was making a run from Wisconsin to Lakeland. At the start of his trip, he posted on Facebook, "Forget sleeping, money talks."
Federal regulations limit truck drivers to 11 hours of driving per day before resting for ten hours.
"Either they're lying or they're really breaking the law," said Oscar Nunez, Instructor at NBI Truck Driver Training in Winter Haven.
The first questionable post on Sunday said "… need to be in Lakeland by 6am Tuesday. Forget sleeping, $$$ talk."
In another post -- and between videos taken while driving -- Cuthbert brags to his friends about driving 1,100 miles in 20 hours.
It appears he took a four hour nap near the Florida-Georgia line, according to another post.
"I don't care if you don't have your eleven hours, if you're fatigued, take a break. Do not get behind the wheel until you feel safe," Nunez said.
He said, these days, it's much harder for rogue drivers to skirt the rules because many companies now use electronic records that track your every move.
Truck driver fatigue became a national conversation just last year after the tragic accident that injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his friend, James McNair.
It is believed a tired truck driver caused the crash.
In this case, Cuthbert works for the Chicago-based trucking company International Logistics Group.
His manager, Mike Thomas, told me they use electronic records and -- with me on the phone -- traced his driver's real time location to a truck stop in Georgia.
But a post on Facebook said Cuthbert just checked into the Saddle Creek Logistic Services in Lakeland, Florida.
Thomas had no clue he was actually in Lakeland and later described the Facebook posts as just "jokes with his friends."
The Facebook page has since been disabled.
The owner of International Logistics Group told ABC Action News that Cuthbert has been suspended while they investigate his driving. They maintain he did not break the law and say they are proud of their clean safety record.

The president of transportation at Saddle Creek Logistics in Lakeland tells ABC Action News that their security personnel positively confirmed through video surveillance that truck driver Kerry Cuthbert checked into their facility at 9:14 a.m. Tuesday and left the guard shack at 11:50 a.m.

According to the company Cuthbert drives for, International Logistics Group in Chicago, he was supposed to be in Valdosta, Georgia at the time.

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