Sri Lanka starts arresting people taking selfies on train tracks
Sri Lanka has issued a stern warning to travellers and tourists who love take selfies on some of our amazingly picturesque railway tracks—DON’T!
“There are some who want to post videos and pictures of themselves in front of moving trains,” spokesman Wijeya Samarasinghe of Sri Lanka Railways told AFP.
“Unfortunately, some are unable to get out of the way in time and get killed.”
According to AFP, police said the victims were often tourists who had travelled to the seaside capital on holiday and wanted to pose for selfies with the Indian Ocean in the background.
Mashable reports that “Sri Lanka is coming down hard on selfies. The country’s railway authorities have announced they will start arresting people taking selfies on the tracks, or in front of moving trains.”
It notes that “mobile phones accounted for most of the 28 deaths that have happened on Sri Lanka’s railways so far this year, according to a railway spokesman.
This crackdown follows the death of a 12-year-old boy who died while taking selfies in the capital Colombo after a newlywed man was hit by an oncoming train while doing the same.
Bad as that is, India, still logs the highest frequency of selfie-related deaths. Some 76 people died of selfie-related causes in India over a two year period, the highest number in the world, according to a joint study from Carnegie Mellon University, and the Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi.
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