Signs aim to deter suicides on NJ bridge

December 3, 2008 11:00:43 AM PST
State officials hope new crisis-intervention signs will deter some people from jumping off Victory Bridge in central New Jersey. The 110-foot span connecting Perth Amboy and Sayreville has been a draw for people wishing to commit suicide.

Officials began looking into ways to deter such attempts after two people jumped off the bridge in July and a third attempted to do so. Four more jumped between July and September, and a fifth was pulled from the edge of the bridge.

Signs listing a hot line number for mental health services are being installed at 100-foot intervals on both sides of the span.

Transportation spokeswoman Erin Phalon says officials looked in to installing fencing over bridge railings but abandoned the idea because of costs.

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