CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Like many other motor carriers during the recent recession, Covenant Transport found itself on the wrong side of the financial ledger.
Charlie Swisher has survived throat cancer and a lifetime of driving trucks and while he could retire now he chooses to keep on trucking.
Although driver Joe Lee Smith is just past the 3-million-mile career point and is addicted both to the open road and to creating trucking music — Red Sovine he’s not.
As readers of my column know by now, I’m 100 percent behind efforts to stop distracted driving in all modes of transportation and I won’t apologize for it no matter how many of you write and tell me that it’s your right to talk or text while driving. I don’t believe that stopping the use of cell phones in moving vehicles is something that is an infraction of a person’s rights, the use of them should have never been allowed to begin with but technology is moving so fast that laws and regulations can’t keep up.