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San Francisco finally installs nets to stop suicides off Golden Gate Bridge

via Smithsonian Channel
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After surviving a suicide attempt by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge, Kevin Hines and a group of parents advocated for suicide prevention measures on the bridge for two decades.

Stainless-steel nets have now been installed on both sides of the bridge, reducing the number of suicide attempts.

The nets are not visible from cars but are effective in preventing jumps, though some people still attempt to jump. (Trending: Fauci’s Ex-Boss Admits The Truth About COVID)

Hines said, “Had the net been there, I would have been stopped by the police and gotten the help I needed immediately and never broken my back, never shattered three vertebrae, and never been on this path I was on.”

“I’m so grateful that a small group of like-minded people never gave up on something so important,” he continued.

Dennis Mulligan, general manager of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District, said, “We have a continuous physical suicide barrier installed the full length of the 1.7-mile bridge on the east and the west side. The bridge is sealed up.”

“It’s stainless-steel wire rope netting, so it’s like jumping into a cheese grater,” explained Mulligan.

“It’s not soft. It’s not rubber. It doesn’t stretch,” said the bridge manager.

“We want folks to know that if you come here, it will hurt if you jump,” added Mulligan.

Critics argue about the high costs and effectiveness of the nets, while supporters emphasize the importance of preventing easy access to lethal means to deter suicides.

Steve Richards, CEO of Shimmick, wrote in a statement, “At no point did we let the litigation, or the fact that we haven’t been paid everything we are owed, get in the way of the work.”

“Our dispute is with the District,” continued the statement.

“The people of California should not be deprived of the safety netting because of the District’s behavior,” wrote Richards.

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