The legalities of bridge jumping in Bremerton

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A video circulated Facebook recently showing a man climbing atop a piling on the Manette Bridge and then plunging into the chilly waters below. His jump, viewed more than 14,000 times, occurred not far from the Boat Shed restaurant, at a point on the bridge that is lower to the water and close to the shore.

Upon seeing the clip, some of you wrote me asking if there’s anything stopping thrill seekers and others from doing the same thing. The answer is that in the eyes of the city, it is considered “mischief on bridges” — it goes for the Warren Avenue Bridge as well — and it is indeed a crime.

I asked assistant Bremerton City Attorney Amanda Harvey, who confirmed to me that such jumps are a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

This, of course, isn’t the first time someone’s jumped from the span. In 2009, a Bothell man told police he did it for the thrill. He was arrested in that case.

But never mind the legalities — there’s also the danger involved. Sadly, many have died or been injured jumping off the spans.

2 thoughts on “The legalities of bridge jumping in Bremerton

  1. Bremerton Utility just HAD a rate hike. I paid them $166.21 on 1/24/15 and $177.12 on 3/12/15. That’s a hike of $10.91 which was hefty enough. What on earth have they been doing with with this money? Almost $11.00 every two months from every homeowner in Bremerton must be a tidy sum that can be used for SOMETHING important! Also, for years the utility company did not count one’s monthly annuity payment as income. It is not income as it is the money that we put away to be distributed in our later years when the only other income we have is social security! After several years on getting a utility discount I now have to pay the full amount and a rate raise on top of it. Social Security is not giving us a raise as they say there is no inflation , apparently because the price of gas is down. Isn’t inflation when just about everything goes up in price?
    So another utility rate increase boggles my mind and I am totally against it! And you can publish this comment anywhere you wish!

    1. I have been wondering the same thing. Our bill has gone UP even though there are 2 less adults living here. Used to be 5 now there are 3 people. What is up with that? We aren’t using nearly as much water, but it doesn’t go down at all, it’s gone up.

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