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Posted on August 8 at 7:45 a.m.

Thank you, Sally, for your thoughtful, eloquent, and courageous words of support. We hope that your contribution to the debate will help to prevent further loss of life at Cold Spring Bridge.

For anyone in crisis and looking for help, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your loved ones want you to live.

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On Safe Passage over the Canyon

Posted on March 27 at 10:38 a.m.

“We can’t prevent every death, everywhere. So why bother?”

Fences along every foot of railroad in Santa Barbara County would have prevented fewer deaths between 2000 and 2009 than a safety barrier at Cold Spring Bridge. This single location is associated with more fatalities than any other mile of highway in the county.

Loss of life at this location is both predictable and preventable. The state has a constitutional obligation to intervene.

“Improved mental health services are a better solution.”

Santa Barbara County spends tens of millions of dollars on mental health services *every year* – more than ten times the one-off cost of installing a barrier.

The best mental health services in the world are ineffective against suicide if it is easier for a depressed person to die than to seek help.

The average survival rate across all methods of suicide is 88% – meaning that the vast majority of attempted suicides fail, and the would-be victims have another opportunity to get the support they need.

A jump from Cold Spring Bridge is 100% lethal.

Give a vulnerable person another chance at life. Help stop the tragedy at Cold Spring Bridge. Support the barrier.
http://www.stopthetragedy.org/

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On Suicide Barrier Contract Awarded

Posted on March 26 at 8:18 a.m.

THE BARRIER IS A PUBLIC SAFETY MEASURE

No single mile of highway in all of Santa Barbara County is associated with a higher annual fatality rate than Cold Spring Bridge. [Source: Fatality Analysis Reporting System, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]

Between 2000 and 2009, the total number of rail fatalities in all of Santa Barbara County was less than the total number of deaths at Cold Spring Bridge in the same period. [Source: Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis]

Cold Spring Bridge is a single, public location that has served as a consistent and predictable site of preventable fatalities in Santa Barbara County for five decades.

Allowing deaths to continue at this location when an effective and permanent solution is available is unethical and violates the public safety provision of the state constitution.

Numerous research studies have demonstrated that the installation of barriers significantly reduces or eliminates deaths by jumping at a particular location. There is no scientific evidence that human barriers work. Construction of a physical barrier is the *only* proven method for the prevention of suicide by jumping.

Get the facts. Help stop the tragedy at Cold Spring Bridge. Support the barrier.
http://www.stopthetragedy.org/

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On Suicide Barrier Contract Awarded

Posted on October 9 at 9:10 a.m.

Total fatalities at Cold Spring Arch Bridge, 2000 to 2009: 19

Total rail fatalities in all of Santa Barbara County, 2000 to 2009: 18
[Source: Federal Railroad Administration Office of Safety Analysis]

Cold Spring Bridge is a single location that has served as a consistent and predictable site of fatalities in Santa Barbara County for 47 years.

Loss of life is tragic, wherever it happens. The barrier offers a chance to prevent it.

Get the facts. Stop the tragedy at Cold Spring Bridge. Support the barrier.
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On Another Bridge Jump

Posted on October 9 at 6:32 a.m.

SUICIDE IS NOT INEVITABLE.

- Depression is a serious illness that results in irrational, impulsive behavior in the short term. Suicide attempts are often immediately precipitated by stressful life events.
- More than 92% of those who are prevented from committing suicide by any means DO NOT go on to kill themselves.
- Construction of a bridge barrier at one location DOES NOT result in an increased rate of jumping at other nearby locations, or an increase in suicides by other means.
- Even if a thwarted jumper did attempt suicide by other means, s/he would have an 88% chance of surviving. A jump from Cold Spring Bridge is always fatal.

DEATHS AT COLD SPRING BRIDGE ARE EXPENSIVE FOR TAXPAYERS.

- Intervention and recovery operations cost thousands of dollars per incident.
- These preventable deaths cost the state *millions* of dollars in lost revenue. Suicide victims are also California taxpayers; assuming a retirement age of 65, those who died at the bridge between 1998 and 2008 had an average of 23 years of working life remaining (383 years in total).

IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE VICTIMS.

Suicides at this location impose substantial risks on law enforcement, search and rescue, traffic management, and emergency personnel, including:
- dangers associated with crossing the bridge on foot in the absence of a safety barrier
- dangers associated with providing traffic control at the bridge during prevention and recovery operations
- increased risk associated with approaching suicidal individuals whose behavior is unpredictable
- posttraumatic stress associated with failure to prevent suicides as well as recovery of victims
- physical hazards encountered when locating and recovering bodies from the steep and heavily wooded terrain below the bridge
These risks are preventable by the installation of a physical barrier, and are therefore entirely unnecessary.

Help make the bridge safer for everyone.

Get the facts. Stop the tragedy at Cold Spring Bridge. Support the barrier.
http://www.stopthetragedy.org/
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On Another Bridge Jump

Posted on October 3 at 11:12 a.m.

WHY BUILD A BARRIER?

"They'll just do it somewhere else."

- Suicide is not inevitable. More than 92% of those who are prevented from committing suicide DO NOT go on to kill themselves. This percentage is even higher (about 95%) for would-be bridge jumpers.
- Research shows that construction of a barrier at one location DOES NOT result in an increased rate of jumping at other nearby locations, or an increase in suicides by other means.
- Even if a thwarted jumper did attempt suicide by other means, s/he would have an 88% of surviving. A jump from Cold Spring Bridge is always fatal.

"What about freedom of choice?"

- *Choice* implies a reasoned decision made by a healthy person in a rational state of mind. Depression is an *illness* with a biological basis, which impairs rational decision-making and is associated with impulsive behavior.
- Those who are prevented from committing suicide by jumping are statistically less likely to commit suicide at a later time than individuals who attempt suicide by other means.

BARRIERS WORK.

- Barriers are the only proven means of preventing suicide by jumping.
- The leading organizations dedicated to suicide prevention support to construction of bridge barriers to stop suicides by jumping, including the American Psychiatric Association, the Harvard School of Public Health's Means Matter Campaign, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Association of Suicidology, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Families for Depression Awareness, Mental Health America, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, and Suicide Prevention Action Network USA.

Give a vulnerable person another chance at life.

Get the facts. Stop the tragedy at Cold Spring Bridge. Support the barrier.
http://www.stopthetragedy.org/
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On Man Jumps from Cold Spring Bridge

Posted on January 7 at 9 a.m.

The average case fatality rate across all methods of suicide is 12%. This means that, on average, a person who attempts suicide has an 88% chance of surviving. The vast majority of survivors (over 90%) do NOT go on to commit suicide later on.

Jumping from Cold Spring Bridge has a 100% case fatality rate. There are no survivors.

A second chance can save a life. Get the facts. Support the Cold Spring Bridge barrier project.

http://www.stopthetragedy.org/

On Man Leaps to Death from Cold Spring Bridge

Posted on November 10 at 7:49 a.m.

SOLUTION
Construct a physical barrier to prevent suicides by jumping.

- The one-time cost of constructing a barrier is insignificant relative to the lost revenue these preventable deaths represent.
- The barrier will make the bridge safer for everyone; reduce unnecessary risks to law enforcement and search and rescue personnel; spare the families and friends of potential victims from immeasurable grief; and save taxpayers from the real costs of suicide.

Stop the Tragedy. Support the Cold Spring Bridge barrier.
http://www.stopthetragedy.org/

On Another Cold Spring Bridge Suicide

Posted on November 10 at 7:49 a.m.

EVIDENCE
Whatever your personal opinion might be, the scientific evidence is unequivocal.

- Barriers work. Barriers are the only proven means of preventing suicide by jumping. Construction of a barrier at one location DOES NOT result in an increased rate of jumping at other locations.
- Suicide is not inevitable. More than 92% of those who are prevented from committing suicide DO NOT go on to kill themselves. This percentage is even higher (about 95%) for would-be bridge jumpers.

COST
Suicides at Cold Spring Bridge are expensive.

- Intervention and recovery operations cost thousands of dollars per incident.
- These preventable deaths cost the state *millions* of dollars in lost revenue. Suicide victims are also California taxpayers; assuming a retirement age of 65, those who died at the bridge over the past ten years had an average of 23 years of working life remaining (383 years in total).

AESTHETICS
More important than human life?

- It takes a matter of seconds for a motorist to cross the full length of the Cold Spring Bridge. The scenic view may be enjoyed before and after the bridge (although motorists would be safer if they focused on the road).
- The unique beauty of the arch structure of the bridge is NOT VISIBLE to motorists on the road. It can only be observed from below the bridge.
- The bridge is over 400 feet tall; raising the existing barrier by six feet would alter the height of the structure by less than 1.5%. Viewed from the ground, the visual impact of the new barrier would be minimal (see DEIR photo simulations).

ALTERNATIVES
Increased mental health spending and human barriers will NOT solve the problem.

- Physical barriers CAN and SHOULD be used in conjunction with other approaches to suicide prevention, including mental health programs and crisis hotlines. However, these other approaches on their own are not sufficient.
- The county already spends tens of millions of dollars *every year* on mental health programs, yet this is still not enough to prevent these suicides.
- Human barriers alone have been ineffective at preventing deaths by jumping at other locations (e.g., Coronado Bridge).
- Barriers on bridges are endorsed as "the most effective means of bridge suicide prevention" by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the leading national crisis center network providing suicide hotline support and call box services. Lifeline does NOT support providing call boxes INSTEAD of constructing barriers.

On Another Cold Spring Bridge Suicide

Posted on November 7 at 9:53 a.m.

GET THE FACTS.

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SIGN THE PETITION (and view the comments of the *hundreds* of supporters of the Cold Spring Bridge Barrier).

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/51/sup...

Stop the tragedy at Cold Spring Bridge. Support the barrier.

On Another Cold Spring Bridge Suicide

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