Bridge Jumping Dangers

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Episode 11 of the "In The Parks" video series features Park Rangers Melissa Hand and Jimmy Evans who explain why it is reckless and illegal to jump off bridges. Bridge jumpers can land on rocks, rebar, swimmers, boaters or animal life injuring themselves or innocent bystanders. 

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Jumping from bridges can also impact the environment and negatively affect the aquatic ecosystem. People who jump off the Barton Springs pedestrian bridge could even harm the Barton Springs Salamander and the Austin Blind Salamander which are federally endangered species. 

It is a violation of City of Austin Municipal Code § 8-5-44, which states, “a person may not dive or jump from a bridge that crosses the Colorado River or Barton Creek.” Austin Parks and Recreation staff are seeking innovative ways to deter this dangerous behavior. 

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