STEVENSVILLE, Md. — It has been per week because the Key Bridge collapsed, and one of many lingering ideas on some folks’s minds is of the vehicles driving over the bridge seconds earlier than the influence.

“Driving over bridges could be one of many frequent particular phobias as a result of it encompasses numerous totally different phobias, concern of top, concern of water and concern of being unable to flee from an open area,” says Jyoti Kanwar, a psychiatrist at UMMC.

Some folks have at all times disliked driving on bridges, and for others, it is a new concern. Either approach, well being consultants say folks ought to deal with it shortly.

“Coming into summer season driving over the bridges is a necessity in our state. This goes to be a problem if not dealt with appropriately on the proper time. So I’ll encourage folks to get the assistance in the event that they want it presently,” says Dr. Kanwar.

Luckily, for some Marylanders, assistance is already out there.

An organization referred to as Kent Island Express affords a driving service over the Bay Bridge, particularly for individuals who could also be scared to drive themselves.

“People are so grateful that we’re out right here; generally they’re like, you want a cape since you are our hero; you are our guardian angel. We’re so blissful you’re right here; we couldn’t do that with out you,” says Lisa Okes.

The drivers get within the clients vehicles and drive them over the bridge; that approach, the shopper received’t must abandon their automobile though they’re scared to drive.

Kristie Eskew, co-owner of the corporate, says because the collapse final Tuesday, they’ve seen a rise in enterprise.

“The data calls have undoubtedly spiked, most likely 5 to twenty calls a day since final week,” says Kristie Eskew.

“It’s terrifying for some folks, you already know, and a few folks can’t even sit within the seat beside us; they sit within the again and canopy their eyes, and yeah, they’re simply scared,” says Lisa Okes.

Eskew says the corporate has talked about probably increasing nearer to Baltimore, particularly sooner or later when a brand new bridge is constructed to exchange the important thing bridge.

“Maybe the bridge just isn’t constructed the identical, so you already know if it has the open guardrails you already know, you don’t know, like totally different fears folks have, so I personally imagine there will likely be extension of our service,” she says.

But till then, folks in Baltimore who could also be scared to drive on bridges can get rapid assist dealing with the concern.

“So we have now been encouraging folks to name the 988 helpline, which operates 24/7 and affords free confidential emotional assist, and we have now been seeing folks calling in particularly expressing misery about the important thing bridge collapse,” says Adrienne Breidenstine.

If you’re having difficulties driving over any bridges, there are some suggestions that could possibly enable you to here.