Letter: It’s time to take action to prevent death at the bridge

Editor,

I am tired of people jumping off Deception Pass Bridge.

More than 10 years ago, I served on the Aurora Corridor Safety Project and remember the sentiment that the Aurora bridge was historical and nothing could be done, but then a suicide fence was installed.

Other than loss of life, one of my concerns is utilizing various Island and Skagit county resources for recovery so the state may not be evaluating the financial and economic impacts of resources used and traffic delays.

In 2018, Aaron Pfeiffer left a car running in the lane, and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island sailor Jean-Marc Faubert is still missing.

Another concern is the effect on those who witness these tragic events and experience loss of loved ones. Just two weeks ago, a friend of mine witnessed the second to last one. This past weekend required spotters, search and rescue and a life flight among other resources.

The area has minimal to no cell phone service.

Time for a change. I want to encourage people reach out to WSDOT, local representatives, and our governor. In 2007, The Seattle Times reported, “Gov. Chris Gregoire is hoping to take the Aurora Bridge off the list of most popular bridges for committing suicide by putting $1.4 million in her supplemental budget proposal to begin building an 8-foot suicide-prevention fence on the historic landmark.”If Seattle can accomplish change, so can the citizens of Island and Skagit counties.

Teresa Addison

Oak Harbor

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