04-28-2004, 08:16 AM #1Former Member
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- Aug 2003
- In heels
Cops Want Spider Gun to Snare Bridge Jumpers
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Attention Spiderman: California needs you.
The state highway patrol, hoping to avoid another epic traffic jam caused by a suicide jumper on a major bridge, wants inventors to design and build a gun that can capture would-be jumpers in a spider-like web.
"At this point we're about ready to put out a request for a proposal," said California Highway Patrol spokesman Tom Marshall. "And we'll just see if there's some technology that might be usable."
The idea for a suicide spider gun was first floated by a local radio talk-show host following a 13-hour standoff between cops and a blade-wielding man threatening to jump off the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, Marshall said.
After hours in traffic, some motorists were so furious that some yelled out for the man to jump.
The April 2 incident cost the highway patrol an estimated $100,000 in overtime and other expenses, Marshall said, not to mention the costs of the delays to the region.
04-28-2004, 09:19 AM #2Former Member
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- Jan 2004
I would have been yelling for the guy to jump too. If some idiot wants to kill himself maybe they should just not waste their time trying to talk them out of it. If all they want is attention, I say don't give it to them. If no one is watching, maybe they'll just go home.