How do you feel about the "safety police" governing our society today?

Jump to Last Post 1-11 of 11 discussions (11 posts)
  1. shynsly profile image56
    shynslyposted 7 years ago

    How do you feel about the "safety police" governing our society today?

    I don't have a problem with common sense laws that protect us from each other, like no texting while driving, but it does irritate me that we have so many laws governing personal behavior, such as seat belt or helmet laws. Do you agree with these kinds of legislation, or are we being treated like 5 year olds?

  2. Mark Ewbie profile image87
    Mark Ewbieposted 7 years ago

    I think it is easy to mock and resent these laws.  Individual freedom and all that.  But personally to follow your examples - I believe that seat belts and helmets save lives and injuries.

  3. shynsly profile image56
    shynslyposted 7 years ago

    The fact they save lives is true enough, but it still begs the question, if under most common sense scenarios... it's only the adult individual's safety at risk, why do we feel like we need to play "mommy" and dictate their behavior to them?

    I personally despise pot, and I'm not even 100% sure why as I have no "bad experiences" or anything to base my feelings off of, I just do. That being said, I do think it should be legal and regulated/taxed just like alcohol, as I admit, unlike crack or meth, pretty safe to say a "pot head" isn't generally going to pose much of a hazard to anyone else (driving not withstanding).

    Have we really regressed that much, to have completely lost touch with the sense of personal freedom and responsibility that used to make the U.S. great, that we now need to be treated like children and have our personal behaviors legislated to us?

  4. Wayne Brown profile image84
    Wayne Brownposted 7 years ago

    Such laws are the symbolic effort to show those who are still living that the government is taking responsible action to minimize needless death as a result of foolish choices on the part of an individual or group.  Spoken in another way, "the government is attempting to protect a fool from himself".  Basically, that is an impossible task unless you employ the following guidelines....assign an armed guard to the person with instructions that the guard is to shot him/her if they attempt anything stupid.  Government, as a result of political gaming, and to some extent, as a result of an expectant public, has embraced the art of symbolic law to demonstrate their concerns and to wash their hands of the blood of fools. WB

  5. Right On Time profile image61
    Right On Timeposted 7 years ago

    There are idiots out there among us who need to be treated like 5 year olds.

  6. MickS profile image70
    MickSposted 7 years ago

    It countries that have a general 'free' health service, injuries and deaths from road accidents put a strain on health and social services, that strain is still there, perhaps in a lesser form, but still there, in countries that don't have, general 'free' health services.  By passing legislation that requires the use of car seat belts or helmets when using a motor cycle, the government is helping ease that strain.
    I agree though, the health and safety Nazis, along with the food Nazis, and the politically correct Nazis, are acquiring far too much power in society.

  7. profile image0
    Old Empresarioposted 7 years ago

    The government can inform me of the benefits of wearing a seatbelt if it wants; but the government has no right to protect me from myself. The cops will issue citations for not wearing a seatbelt. Next they give you a ticket for leaving your car door unlocked in a parking lot. If you don't pay the citations, you will go to jail. All of this because you didn't do anything. You did not steal or assault anyone, yet you are in jail. And then there are the airports...The laws everywhere will continue to get worse and the American people will love it.

  8. profile image50
    Andy the Greatposted 7 years ago

    I can make an argument for seat belt laws. It's a little less clear cut for helmets, but I could stretch it.

    Seat belts prevent you from becoming a projectile outside of your car, which could injure a bystander.

    Helmets aren't going to save a bystander, and might even cause more harm. I'd be more inclined to require helmets under the age of 18, since there's no problem with treating children like children, but adults should be allowed to not wear one if they don't want to.

    That said, I don't have a serious problem with either law. I could take it or leave it. I'd wear my seatbelt without a law. Helmets? They aren't required where I live anyway.

  9. onlinearticlespk profile image54
    onlinearticlespkposted 7 years ago

    Legislation is important but all laws are not practicles to implement.

  10. Jangaplanet profile image71
    Jangaplanetposted 7 years ago

    I never felt safe around police even though everyone has forgotten that we employ them. The truth is that a seatbelt is being inforced  for the insurance companies so that they do not need to pay up when accidents happen.(It is to protect them) Think about it, why should a cop stop you if you are not wearing a seatbelt? there is no injured party so then why ticket? It is not prevent you from getting hurt!(there is no injured party yet!) It is simply for insurance companies. I am not saying you should not wear a seatbelt, but what i am saying is that it is my choice not theirs. But it is like everything else ,you need to ask permision to the governement  to be able to make a lawful choice! so yes everyone is a child , thats why your governed? government means looked after. But if we call them by there real job titles (employees) they wont like there jobs . Everyone forgot that your the master and they are the servants, not the other way around. Cops serve you ,they only forgot that! plus you need to understand that wearing a seatbelt is not a law ,it is a statute.Again noone knows anything so they took advatage of you.

  11. Jarn profile image81
    Jarnposted 7 years ago

    I dislike these laws because it goes against Darwin's theory and weakens the genepool as a whole. If an idiot decides to do a hundred on a rice-rocket down a busy highway buck-naked, that's fine with me. I'd post the crash to Youtube in a heartbeat. But I would rather have him not live to pass his genetics along before he ends up dead just because the government decided he needed to be nursemaided.

Closed to reply

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)