Alaska’s safety campaign on our highways reminds me of George Orwell’s “Big Brother” concept of human freedom. You may recall that years ago some “authority figure” in Alaska decided we needed to drive with our automobile headlights on all the time. We the people, decided we didn’t want dead batteries, and the loss of our driver’s licenses. Alaskans revolted, and the weasels in Juneau rescinded the hasty law making it a suggestion.
I believe safety belts save lives on our highways; I believe not consuming alcohol prior to driving can save lives; I believe eating a healthy diet saves lives, too. Are we going to pass laws to force people to live healthy, safe lives?
Big Brother needs some consistency here: When are we going to hand out tickets to smokers, obese people, mountain climbers, skydivers, motorcyclists, etc., when they put themselves at risk? Do we really want Big Brother to be handing out tickets to adults who want to drive their automobiles without using their safety belts? The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
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