Russian Government PSA: ‘Take a Selfie and You Could Die.’

Can we try this approach? Possibly in Los Angeles?

And you thought your local amusement park banning selfie sticks was an infringement of your vainglorious rights to capture your life in action for Facebook.

Check out Russia’s Interior Ministry latest PSA campaign that launched yesterday. Evidently, taking a selfie is a matter of life or death in Moscow.

A series of accidents resulting from dolts taking selfies on the edges of skyscrapers, the pinnacles of Russian Orthodox churches and the banks of the Bering Strait caused the heightened awareness of “Check Me Out.” In fact, as the Guardian (UK) shares, a 21-year-old woman in May accidentally shot herself in the head while taking a selfie holding a pistol. She suffered injuries but survived.

Apparently these complete idiots these smartphone screw-ups are possibly slowing tourism a bit:

“Unfortunately we have noted recently that the number of accidents caused by lovers of self-photography is constantly increasing,” Yelena Alexeyeva, an aide to Russia’s interior minister, tells AFP. “Since the beginning of the year we are talking about some hundred cases of injuries for sure.”

Here is a PDF that could can download during…wait for it…selfie-safety classes.

russia selfie campaignAs you can see (but probably not read), we have folks wanting to catch a subway going top speed for an action photo, going to the zoo over the cage and into the Siberian Tiger’s den, and even climbing an electrical current tower:

“Before taking a selfie, everyone should think about the fact that racing after a high number of ’likes’ could lead someone on a journey to death and his last extreme photo could turn out to be posthumous,” Alexeyeva warned.

Quick! Someone needs to warn the Kardashian Klan about their noted handheld monopods. If they go to Russia, entertainment talk shows would be out of business.