The truth is, Chobani can exert little control over the behavior of truck drivers — who aren’t even employed by the company — when they’re traveling to or from the plant.
Certainly the company can ensure that drivers have accurate directions and route information. One of the issues that has been raised is that many drivers are using county Route 18, possibly on the advice of a GPS system, to reach the plant. Officials and residents seem to agree that state Route 8 is better-equipped to handle the volume and scale of large truck traffic.
But those 26 accidents we mentioned earlier?
They happened on Route 8.
So we urge the state Department of Transportation to take this issue seriously, and consider solutions such as reduced speed limits, signal lights warning of curves ahead, and truck route signs to keep vehicles on track.
It’s time to stop worrying about who is to blame for this problem, and start looking for solutions — growing pains or not.