Going Cold Turkey
Hawkins says that during the show she learned a lot about the dangers of smoking and how important it is to kick the habit.
“I learned a lot about secondhand smoke and a lot about myself,” Hawkins says. “I think Cold Turkey 2 is an encouraging thing for anyone who watches it. A person can walk away with something positive from this show.”
Hawkins had some advice for truckers who are looking to quit smoking.
“It’s definitely difficult,” she says. “My husband and I both tried to quit. The key is having someone to talk to and communicate with about your addiction. The most important part is realizing you must start a new lifestyle before you can walk away from your old habits.”
Although she loved trucking, Hawkins says she wouldn’t want to drive again without her husband by her side.
“I’ve had a lot of friends ask me to go back on the road and drive their trucks, but it’s not a place for a woman by herself,” Hawkins says. “There are a lot of women who do it, and I applaud them, but I wouldn’t go back without Bennie. That’s where our life was.”
$10,000 DOT Inspection
A clean DOT inspection equaled a big payday for Maverick driver Lester Carpenter.
Carpenter, a resident of Gore Springs, Miss., won the $10,000 grand prize in Maverick’s Inspection Perfection contest. The contest gave every driver that received a clean DOT inspection in 2004 the chance at the grand prize. At the end of the year, Carpenter’s name was drawn.
Carpenter, who has been with Maverick for eight months, was stunned by his good fortune. “I couldn’t believe it. My wife thought I was playing a joke on her; we were both shocked,” he says. “This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime type things.”
Carpenter plans to use the money to pay off some bills and have fun with the rest.
He says his time with Maverick has been great. “Even before the prize, I’ve really enjoyed working for Maverick,” he says. “They do things the right way, and I get a lot of time at home.”
Maverick created the contest to encourage safety and DOT compliance, the company says.
“People were surprised that we would give $10,000 away, but that is how serious we are about safety and compliance at Maverick,” says Dean Newell, vice president of safety for the Arkansas-based company. “It is always great to be able to give drivers some incentive and reward for doing things the right way.”
–Kristen L. Walters
Alert to Danger
An AMBER alert and the watchful eye of Arkansas trucker Charles Cogburn saved the life of a kidnapped 17-year-old girl.
Shauna Lee Owens was abducted on Valentine’s Day by her 19-year-old ex-boyfriend, who coerced her with a semi-automatic handgun.