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jumper prevention
call to action

it's time for the people to correct
the government bridge troll fail.

updated: 12.24.16
   we have been pushing for someone in government to do the right thing about jumper prevention. the E.S.R. device has been ignored for years now. they offer 'crisis hotline phones', but they more often go unused. the bridge is loaded with video cameras, but they only record jumper activities. the trooper presence has been stepped up, but those gallant efforts are often too late to intervene.
   the lackluster media couldn't care less. they may report about suicide jumpers, but only if there are no pressing progressive agenda articles to publish or riveting celebrity gossip nonsense to cream over.
   the time has come for the people to do what their government refuses to do. a barrier that hinges or can be removed for bridge inspections, can be designed and erected. the will to do so may take many more jumpers to implement.
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if not the E.S.R., perhaps a fence, forced by civilian action
attention family members of jumpers' past and others concerned:
organize, create a facebook 'call to action' page and post about it here.
consider making jumper prevention a reality:
gofundme kickstarter
start yelling at someone to do something about jumpers. contact:
gov scott florida senate your legislator fdot.gov
enlist the media: tampabay times bradenton herald herald tribune

how many more people will die, due to government inaction?
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so much blah, blah, blah...
01.23.15, tampabay.com, funding, technology could prompt suicide barrier

02.13.07, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov, the effect of a bridge safety fence

10.06.03, tampabay.com, skyway safeguards don't deter jumpers

12.25.00, tampabay.com, skyway suicide patrol beefed up

05.05.00, tampabay.com, DOT rules out nets or fences for skyway

09.03.99, a good idea that went nowhere: full article

08.09.66,


02.07.59: full article

"But all the suicides have occurred in the Hillsborough County corridor, and the Hillsborough state attorney's office is getting tired of traveling all the way through Pinellas county to investigate them." (well, if it keeps an official's ass planted in his/her office, instead of investigating someone's self-death, what better reason to erect a fence?)

google.com: suicide jump prevention fence bridge fence images
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comments
06.26.17, Tamara M., IONTBfb, I spoke to FDOT in 2012 after losing a family member this way. The state of Florida will not allow funding for any type of system to detour jumpers (sorry for your loss, but it appears that sadly, you are correct.)

12.03.16, Jennifer, Brandon, I just want to ask the owner of this bridge if he has ever considered hotwire? I mean it really could be a detour from people jumping off. Its sad that this happens and that other incidents happen, but every life is valuable and I think its definitely worth a try!! Just a idea that may help save <3
12.04.16, can you explain what 'hotwire' is?
12.04.16, Sorry...maybe I need to be more explicit:)
Hotwire...like prisons even use Hotwire, I have some that I am going to put around my chicken coup to keep predators out. Instead of getting Hotwire that is ran by electric you can do solar so there is no electric bill. If it can keep a 1,300 lbs horse is a stall it can for sure make someone think twice just at a touch. And solar would be the way to go!
Hotwire is used to keep things out and keep things in. I hope my idea is considered for the future.
12.05.16, so in this case, 'hotwire' is less a travel website that offers low prices on airfare, hotel, rental cars, and vacation packages by selling off unsold travel inventory at discounted prices, but more an electric fence. that's exactly what we have been promoting for years.
12.05.16, This is great news to hear, thank you so much for corresponding with me about it. Its a BEAUTIFUL bridge...altho im scared to ride over it lol and never have, but I have taken the boat under it. I hope your plan becomes a reality, it will definetly turn things around :) Hope you have a good & safe holiday.
12.05.16, thank you for taking the time to offer your idea. people are tired of nothing being done. you have a good holiday as well and get those chickens in order.
12.05.16, Lol along with 4 horses....im on it ;)
One more idea phil:) I know you said you have been trying to get the plan in the works, I was just reading up on the details of the bridge and the maintenance and such, so I was thinking have you considered a Gofundme? If the community wants something done then im sure it would be a success to help fund the project. I don't know if theirs red tape you have to go thru to make it happen but its definitely a good idea ! I think alot of people would donate for the cause:)
If I can rescue a horse from a kill pen in a different state thru a go fundme then theirs no doubt in mind that people would step up to contribute.
12.06.16, we will leave the fund raising to others. one might assume a jumper's family member would have spearheaded such a fund by now. it would more likely get done that way, as opposed to the idiots that run this horrible website. besides, there are too many people that hate what we do here. of course, we would promote the fund, front and center, if we were requested to do so.
12.06.16, Awwwwwe, im sorry to hear that!! My lord its not your fault that things like that go on. Its just bitterness and easier to blame someone else sometimes then to accept peoples choices. Well, I have never lost someone in a suicide like that...but...I am all about helping and trying to make a positive change for people & animals:) We can't change the world it's true, but we can change the world for one person at a time. I would love to do a gofundme for the skyway, I would have to do lots of research for the post, and I would need a financial goal to post for the community. Have you got a round about estimate? Im interested in helping, I have the time and im up for the challenge:) sure it may take a little while but its got to start somewhere.
12.06.16, the 'fdot', florida department of transportation, is the agency needing the kick in the ass. not sure how that could be done, but they are the one's doing squat zero at the moment. they seem to have no real problem with people leaping to death from their bridge. sure, they installed cameras to record jumpers and crisis phones people tend to ignore. other than that, it's just a matter of troopers racing to the scene, hoping to intervene, and other agencies cleaning up afterwards. they did shut off access to their four tower cams. no need letting the public see what they allow to happen. the bottom line, there should be no fund raising necessary, for what the state should already be doing with the money they glean from the tolls they take. just install a fence, be it electrified or not, or wait dozens more jumpers before they end up installing one anyway. a kick in the ass is really all they need. one might think the affected families would gather strength and 'class action' that into being. after all, the state is displaying some culpability in having a structure, specifically known to draw jumpers, and allowing it to continue unabated, decade after decade.
12.06.16, You are a 100% accurate, if it was my family member I would push for change, thats a real shame its like this and yet fingers point at you? Not right at all. Well, it was a thought but you are correct. I heard the cameras were off and I heard about the phones, I understand some people are mentally ill and do these things for depression or whatever. The sad part is the position you're in with it. People are going to do what they want to ya know, my Uncle took his life with a gun....doesn't mean im anti gun.
I hope it changes for you & all concerned. You can only do what you can, your one person! If theirs anything I can do in the future feel free to let me know :) Keep your head up...hopefully someone will get a wake-up call and change things to make it happen, somewhere & some how something has to give, every situation has a breaking point!
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06.10.17, (posted on facebook), we are getting zero input about the 'call to action' page. the page has been up for months. nothing. i post it throughout these facebook jumper reports. nothing. (no wait, people are flagging it as 'spam'.) the problem is, people only talk about trying when there is a jumper and they only talk here on social media. after a few days, the jump has been forgotten. then the next one happens, social media buzzes once again for a day or so, then nothing again. rinse, lather, repeat. it's really sad, but that's the facts. there is a solution, but no one is forcing the issue. i can only do so much.
more: write to the government trolls in charge of the bridge. until the people demand something done, more nothing will be done. if thousands of people started writing them often enough, maybe they would do something. instead, we get 'thoughts and prayers' and we all know how well those work.~
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