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.

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