Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission steps up patrols in effort to prevent holiday suicide attempts

Posted: 5:56 AM EST Dec 24, 2012   Updated: 3:22 PM EST Dec 24, 2012
Route 22 toll bridge between Easton and Phillipsburg

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission said it will immediately step up patrols of its bridges and take other steps to help prevent suicide attempts during the winter holiday period.

The move comes after two people apparently jumped to their deaths from the New Hope-Lambertville (Route 202) toll bridge in recent weeks.

Arnold Conoline Jr., the commission’s acting executive director, said the increased security will remain in effect through at least New Year’s Day. The agency also is considering some long-term measures that might help prevent suicides.

The commission has asked state police from Pennsylvania and New Jersey and local law enforcement agencies to step up their patrols on its bridges. Commission workers will also be on heightened alert for pedestrians who appear to be acting strangely.