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Truckers getting around strict time rules on road

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There are strict time rules truck drivers must follow while on the road, but there are also several ways to circumvent those rules in order to deliver product on time.

Truckers cannot work longer than 14 hours during a shift. Only 11 of those hours can be while driving, and since Summer 2013, drivers must take a 30 minute break after their eighth hour. Down time has to be at least ten hours.

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The "14 on, ten off" law, as some call it, is often broken, Rob Fletcher, a veteran truck driver said.

Truck drivers keep a daily log of their hours, either on paper or electronically, and not everything is what it seems.

"Drivers keep more than one log book," Fletcher explained. "So if they get stopped there's a second log book that shows that everything is legal even though on their regular logs, they're probably way out of line."

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Many trucking companies have gone to electronic logs. The system looks like a GPS unit that mounts to the dash. The system tracks speed, distance and time, and notifies the driver when they're approaching their time limits.

"There's no way you can cheat those, "Billie Saffold said, even though others would disagree.

Saffold tracks his time on paper and said he's pushed the limit before but never gone over because it's dangerous.

"After about eleven hours, your body really starts to break down. It's almost like trying to drive sleepy. It's almost like trying to drive if you're drunk," Saffold said.

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