Chairman of the Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority David Darlington says the authority along with the State Police will make an example of two daredevils who climbed a cable on Mount Hope Bridge and posted the video to YouTube.
The self-proclaimed "2Idiots" who climbed the cable on the bridge said in a comment on the YouTube video that the stunt is part of a "new show." The comment reads: "New show called 2iDiOTs, where my accomplice and I accomplish daring, idiotic, dangerous and never attempted capers."
The video was posted sometime in October however the Turnpike Authority did not become wise to the video until a few weeks ago. When discovered the video was immediately turned over to State Police who began an immediate investigation. Since the investigation began the video has been removed from YouTube.
"I have no doubt that he state police will figure that out and once they are caught we along with the State Police will prosecute them to the fullest extent," said Darlington.
The two could face charges of simple trespassing but Darlington says they will also look into other possible charges the pair of pranksters could be charged with.
"In the video they are saying things like they are going to urinate on the cars below and they show themselves purchasing things in the CVS that they bring along with them," said Darlington. Darlington said if the pair did actually urinate on vehicles or throw things off the bridge it could put drivers in jeopardy.
"The real problem for us if they were to fall off or if something they were carrying were to fall off it could endanger the public," said Darlington. He noted that while he hates to go after a couple of kids, what they did is a "spectacularly dumb thing for some one to try to do," not to mention "extremely dangerous."
Aside from the danger to individuals driving on the bridge and themselves the "2 Idiots" also put a protected species of birds at risk.
"There are Peregrine Falcons on the bridge," said Darlington. He said the authority has protected nests for the falcons in order to ward off pigeons from the bridge.
The Mount Hope Bridge is always closed to pedestrian traffic. There are cameras trained on the road and the anchorages below the bridge but not on the cables on the bridge. Darlington said that as a result of the incident it is not out of the realm of possibility that the authority may consider training a camera on the cables.