Legislator: Scott death shows need for barriers

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(AP) – A state legislator is calling for better suicide barriers on bridges in California in response to the death of “Top Gun” film director Tony Scott in Los Angeles.

Scott stopped his car on the towering Vincent Thomas Bridge and made a fatal 18-story plunge into Los Angeles Harbor on Sunday.

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, a San Francisco Democrat, said Monday that more than 1,500 documented jumps have been taken from the Golden Gate Bridge since it opened in his home district in 1937.

Ammiano says the Golden Gate has better barriers than many bridges in the state, and pledged to work toward better bridge safety in California.

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