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(Reuters) – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge marked a milestone in 2013 as 46 people leaped to their deaths in what appears to be the deadliest year for suicides at the California landmark, a watchdog group said on Tuesday.
The Bridge Rail Foundation, which tracks fatalities at the 4,200-foot-long (1,280-meter) span, said the high number of suicides demonstrates the need for a safety net to be installed to make it more difficult for would-be jumpers to take their own lives there.
“I know it won’t be built soon, and that’s the most frustrating thing about this,” said Dayna Whitmer, board member with the organization. “We hate to see any more 17-year-olds jump or 86-year-olds jump, it’s just not right.”
The road surface of the suspension bridge towers more than 220 feet above the entrance to the San Francisco Bay, and the span ranks as one of the world’s most frequently chosen sites for public suicides. It is also one of the most lethal, with jumps from the bridge nearly always proving fatal.
A spokeswoman for the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, Mary Currie, confirmed that 46 people had committed suicide at the bridge last year, the highest annual total since at least 2000, when she began keeping an unofficial count. [more]
So we’re studying it. In the interest of 17-year olds and 86-year-olds everywhere.
Only in San Francisco would city fathers, mothers and, well, those who can claim both roles, not only commission a study to see if erecting a suicide barrier might be a good idea, but also have a committee to whine about it while they wait.
Quick, call Francesco! How will that unsightly barrier go with our beautiful bridge?
Meantime, the bridge committee has erected signs. With hotline numbers. So if you get the urge you can talk about it. With a qualified liberal.
Attn: Our friend Dead Nixon (RM Nixon (Deceased) is still offering his blog registrations for free to a good conservative who will take over his work. Someone please step up; the spirit of Dead Nixon should not go silent.
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