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Like seat belts, masks not optional

Quite a few laws exist today simply because there are members of our citizenry who lack good judgment, AKA common sense.

In the 1980s, we were encouraged to wear seat belts because statistics confirmed that seat belts save lives. If you remember the old lap belts, you can probably recall the common excuse given for not wearing one — it wrinkles my clothes.

News reports of vehicular accidents often included the sentence, “Had he been wearing his seat belt, he would be alive today,” and public service announcements exalting the seat belt frequently aired on radio and television.

But the desire to exit the car crisp and wrinkle-free was too great for some and common sense went by the wayside. So the government stepped in and seat belts are now mandated in all but one state.

One need not be extremely astute to grasp the idea that texting while driving is hazardous, but until it became the law of the land it was not unusual to see drivers with their eyes on their phones and not the road — another example of why the government had to step in and now 44 states have banned texting while driving.

As there is little, if any, justification for texting while driving, excuses for doing so did not materialize. The masses understood the logic behind the law, and the majority wanted it mandated.

Now here we are in the midst of a pandemic, which certainly poses a hazard, yet common sense has once again gone by the wayside.

Mandating the wearing of masks “infringes on my civil rights” is nothing more than an overused excuse when no justification can be found.

Well, the masses understand the logic behind wearing masks during this pandemic and the majority want it mandated.

Joanel J. Young

Bellwood

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