There are many things in life that we should do that we don’t do. Most of these things affect only ourselves and maybe our immediate family. But there are other things in life that don’t just affect us. As a result, local, state and federal governments get involved to protect society as a whole.

Once upon a time

Before seatbelts became widely accepted, these are a few of the excuses people made to not buckle up.

  • “The seatbelt wrinkles my clothes”
  • “It rubs against my shoulder”
  • “I’m just driving to the local store”
  • “I’m a good driver”
  • “Only race-car drivers wear seatbelts”

Before child safety seats became widely accepted, parents made similar excuses.

  • “Baby is always safest in a mother’s arms.
  • “I’m strong enough to hold my baby in an accident”
  • “That anchor strap doesn’t really do anything”
  • “Who cares if it’s backward or forward facing”

Before smoke detectors became widely accepted, people made similar excuses.

  • “I don’t know how to install them”
  • “It goes off every time I burn the toast”
  • “I don’t own a screwdriver”
  • “The kids keep stealing the batteries”
  • “I’ll wake up if I smell smoke”
Operation Identification fails to launch

Operation ID was developed by the police in 1963, rolled out nationally in as the companion to Neighborhood Watch in 1979, and endorsed by the FBI, chiefs of police and county sheriffs. It was intended to be used by every single American as routinely as we use seatbelts and smoke detectors.

Excuses made to avoid adoption of Operation ID
  • “I only have a few things”
  • “My valuables aren’t worth that much”
  • “I already have an alarm system and security cameras”
  • “It takes too much time to install”
  • “That’s why I have a gun”
  • “The police won’t help if I’m a victim”
  • “There are no Good Samaritans anymore”
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