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Cameras on popular Coast bridge another level of safety

Sun Herald Editorial

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 Community members participate in a bridge walk of solidarity after a woman reported she was raped on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge in 2014.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD Community members participate in a bridge walk of solidarity after a woman reported she was raped on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge in 2014. SUN HERALD

The installation of cameras on the Biloxi-Ocean Springs bridge should put bridge walkers' minds at ease.

The bridge has been a magnet for those trying to get or stay in shape. But in 2014, a woman said she was attacked on the bridge and that's cause for concern.

There are people on the bridge at all hours. The 3.19-mile hike over the tall bridge is quite a workout. It's a workout that people should be able to do without worrying about a criminal lurking on the bridge.

We hope the security cameras that are being installed on the bridge will keep the bridge safe for walkers and joggers and make it a bad place for criminals to ply their trade.

We applaud the Women Against Violence Everywhere, a group formed by six Ocean Springs women after the story of the attack was reported. Those women raised most of the $12,500 needed to put two cameras on the bridge.

It's a shame that we have to have cameras in such a benign location to keep people involved in such a wholesome activity. But we are thankful the community has come together in such an inspiring way to get this job done.

The battle against violence isn't over, though. And another Coast organization deserves your help. The Gulf Coast Women's Center for Nonviolence will have a $3,000 drawdown at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the Frank Gruich Community Center, 591 Howard Ave. in Biloxi.

For just $25, you'll be entered and while you don't have to be there to win, the party will have music, food, games and door prizes. You can also BYOB. You have to be at least 21 to enter. Call 228-436-3809 or check out gcwcfn.org.

Even if you don't win, you'll be helping curtail domestic violence and helping its victims.

This editorial represents the views of the Sun Herald editorial board. Opinions of columnists and cartoonists are their own.

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