Thursday, September 15, 2016

Truck curfew story fishier than ‘Deadliest Catch’ marathon
A common saying is that if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. Well, the same logic can apply
to outlandish, negative stories. 

If your gut tells you something isn’t right, then that’s probably the case. 

Earlier this week, a questionable website,, posted an article titled “11 States Agree to Implement And Enforce TRUCK Curfew.” The story goes on to say that in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Arkansas, California, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah and Washington will begin enforcing a mandatory truck curfew from 11 p.m. until 6 a.m. as soon as this month. 

The brief article uses Department of Transportation representative Donald McCarthy as a source. But the problem is that no one by the name of Donald McCarthy represents the Department of Transportation. 

However, even if you had no way of knowing whether or not McCarthy was a legitimate source, there are plenty of clues to tell us that this article is among the increasing number of fraudulent stories floating around on the internet.

First of all, find out if the site that published the article is a credible news source. Is it from a longstanding newspaper, television network or trade publication? In this case, the story is without an author’s name and comes from a site that first started posting articles less than a week ago. 

It certainly would be strange if an upstart site dedicated to posting viral videos had scooped numerous publications who are dedicated solely to covering the trucking industry, as well as the national media, on a story that would be so devastating to the state of trucking. It would be especially strange for a law with such impact to not receive any coverage in Land Line when enforcement was supposedly going to begin this month. 

A quick Google search of “Curfew Donald McCarthy” shows a similar fraudulent article with the headline “11 States Agree to Implement and Enforce Motorcycle Curfew” from associated Snopes, a website that is dedicated to exposing false reports, debunked the motorcycle curfew article in March. 

Obviously, the best-case scenario would be for fraudulent reports to disappear from the internet. But we all know that isn’t going to happen. So the best way to combat it is to keep up to date with credible trucking publications like Land Line and to remain leery of reports from unknown websites.

If it sounds fishy, it probably is.