Double decker train in Amsterdam. April 4, 2007 - Credit: Maurits90 / Wikimedia Commons - License: CC-BY
Thursday, 1 May 2014 - 12:04
ProRail warns about 'rail selfies'
ProRail has voiced concerns about a new trend in selfies called the 'rail selfie', in which people take pictures or videos of themselves standing on or next to train tracks, sometimes with an oncoming train in the distance. According to ProRail, it is often a case of young people placing themselves in harms way by taking part in this trend. They pick a spot on or right next to the tracks, make a photo or film and place these on social media. The danger of rail selfies is one of the leading bullet points in this year's campaign against walking on train tracks. Posters have been hung at 'hotspots' where people regularly wander across the tracks. Last year, two people lost their lives due to walking across the tracks, ProRail says. Often, this also causes disruptions to train traffic as conductors will slow down if they see someone walking next to the tracks, causing delays. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4Ck5BnJBeY&feature=player_embedded