The Simpson County road where five people died last year is prompting a new safety task force. The new group is called Simpson Operation Safety or S.O.S.
Thursday the group held its second meeting at the Goodnight House. Members include local law enforcement agencies and state and federal leaders who want to improve the fatality rate in Simpson County.
Simpson County judge, Jim Henderson, says, "This pretty much came as a result of a bad accident last October on one of rural highways, and that got the attention of a lot of people here."
The accident on Gold City Road also got the attention of members of the community. They have also discovered that Simpson County trails behind the U.S. average in seat belt usage. And Simpson County has had a higher rate of fatal accidents and injury accidents than the state average.
Simpson county Sheriff, Gene Starks, says, "Our objective is safety to start with. To get input from other agencies. They may look at a situation different that I do. If we can get the whole group together and get one train of thought, it should be a good one."
AtThursday’s meeting the group focused on how to increase seat belt usage and ways to improve safety on Interstate-65 and 31-W.