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Rights go both ways!!

Many people feel their rights are abused with mandatory safety measures like helmets and seat belts but the overall public good must also be considered. Being involved in an accident often times involves several vehicles with many people involved. The emotions and lasting guilt of an accident often fall on people and cause mental stresses. Knowing that you caused a person to be killed or damaged for life is also a factor to be considered. Helmets and seat belts save lives. Not wearing a helmet by law or by choice is a death wish you may want to place upon yourself but the results of your choice shouldn't needlessly damage another person. It's the responsibility of our government to recognize what is best for all not a few. Last year I came up on a motorcycle accident on Hwy 17 south of Leland. The two people on the cycle survived. When I passed the scene the man was sitting up face covered with dirt and blood, clothes torn off. The lady passenger was still down on the pavement. The cycle looked like it was in a hundred pieces. Both riders had on helmets because they were in NC. Had they been 20 miles south they wouldn't have been so lucky. I'm sure the driver of the truck involved is relieved that no one lost their life


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