Tony Scott's Vincent Thomas Bridge Suicide Inspires Barrier Legislation
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Citing Director Tony Scott's fatal dive off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro last summer, a California legislator is proposing that new and rebuilt state bridges contain "suicide barriers."
San Francisco state Assemblyman Tom Ammiano says it's too easy to jump off bridges like the Vincent Thomas:
He says if bridges are constructed or rebuilt using state or federal money they should be nearly suicide proof.
When director Tony Scott jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles last year, I was reminded that our long effort to retrofit the Golden Gate with suicide barriers is not enough. We need to make all bridges safe.
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The lawmaker was a director for the Golden Gate Bridge District when it decided to retrofit the landmark with suicide barriers.
He wants the same for the state's other bridges.
According to a statement from Ammiano's office AB 755 "requires that builders take suicide prevention into consideration when planning a bridge."