The National Railways Company of France has warned people against taking selfies (selfies) on rails, with an increase in accidents recorded during the Coronavirus epidemic.
The company said that some people are sneaking in and exposing themselves to great risk in order to take such pictures at a time of reduced train and surveillance services.
The company is set to continue publishing a series of video messages until next month, warning of this behavior.
On Monday, the French railway company began publishing the series of videos on social networks, using the hashtag “on rails”. The company said the content of the posts was “inspired by real events.”
The campaign also uses slogans, including “Taking pictures on railroad tracks (involves) a gamble that you will never be able to take any other pictures.”
The company also highlighted the dangers of this behavior, such as being run over with trains, being electrocuted, or falling that poses a threat to life.
The company confirmed that new guidelines will be published every week as part of an ongoing campaign aimed at reducing risks.
France has applied precautionary measures since last year to limit the spread of the epidemic, reducing the number of trains, maintenance work and monitoring activities.
The company suggested that these measures are behind the increase in illegal infiltration and taking pictures that are later shared on social media sites, such as Instagram.
“Every week in France, there is a bloody accident near or on the railways due to risky behavior,” according to the company.
Last year, about 10 thousand cases of infiltration were recorded, which resulted in 23 deaths and 11 severe injuries, according to the company, which confirms that these numbers indicate a significant increase compared to previous years, without providing further details.