State develops plan to stop bridge suicides

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
State develops plan to stop bridge suicides.

TAOS, N.M. (KRQE) – The state has an idea to keep people jumping from one of New Mexico’s most popular tourist attractions, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge near Taos.

It’s not a fence, or safety nets, or a higher railing, it’s telephones.

In the coming months, the state wants to copy what been done at a bridge in upstate New York set up a series of phones on the bridge that connect to a crisis hotline.

Taos County estimates that about six people a year commit suicide by jumping off the bridge.

The state Department of Transportation will still look at putting in physical barriers to deter jumpers. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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