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Families Push for Golden Gate Bridge Safety Net

 
Families Push for Golden Gate Bridge Safety Net
Posted February 26th, 2014 @ 11:11am by KFBK News - Tim Lantz

In response to demands for a suicide prevention net on the Golden Gate Bridge, transit authorities say they're getting close to making that happen.

With the estimated Golden Gate suicide toll at 46 last year, the Bridge Rail Foundation wants the net installed quickly to stop jumpers.  

Mary Currie with the Golden Gate Highway and Transportation District says a suicide net has been in the works for several years.

"It would be along both sides of the bridge, both the east and the west sidewalk," Currie said. 

But beyond the lengthy planning she says is required, $66 million has to be found to pay for it.

"It does take some time, and now is the time the funding plan really has to come together," she said. 

Currie says bridge officials understand the need for the suicide net, but even after the plan is finalized it'll take a couple of years to get installed.

"I jumped off of the Golden Gate Bridge." 

Kevin Heinz is among the few survivors that have attempted suicide, and joined people with loved ones who weren't so lucky, like Dana Whitmer who lost her child to a Golden Gate suicide and wants the safety net, which was approved in 2008, to be installed.

"We are responsible for protecting those who are unable to care for themselves, like my son," Whitmer said. 

San Francisco's Suicide Prevention organization is hoping the personal pleas will get politicians to overlook the cost and get the net project finished.

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