Not a bad idead. Tbh I didn't thought people would died this many times. See it a consequence of dying too many times. Plus at the end you have score penalties for each of your deaths so there's consequences
I kept letting myself die just as a shortcut back to the checkpoint, since most games like this (that I've played) don't have limited lives. I didn't even notice it was keeping track until the number was 81 or so, but even then I didn't worry about it until the game over screen. I was enjoying experimenting to see where I could go.