WHAT OTHERS SAY: Seat belts can save lives

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. CST; updated 8:31 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Wearing a seat belt will not keep you from getting into an accident, but it can save your life if you do.

Despite a law requiring both drivers and passengers to belt up while the vehicle is moving, only 79.4 percent of Missourians use their seat belts. Missouri law enforcement agencies have launched a campaign to increase that percentage. In a poignant article last week, the News-Leader featured a grieving mother who lost her precious daughter in an accident when she was not belted to point to the realities of the effort. So, next time you get into a vehicle, buckle up. It’s the law. And it’s just common sense.

Checking on your neighbors during dangerous winter weather is one way we can work as a community. Some folks have few resources and no support system to make sure they are warm, have needed supplies and are safe. Stopping by for a visit and offering to shovel a walkway, pick up some milk and bread or even deliver a home-cooked meal is a great way to be a good neighbor. Besides, it’s just common sense.

After days of indulgence — starting with overeating on Thanksgiving and overspending on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday — a campaign to turn that around to help others is a great idea. The #GivingTuesday campaign started last year as an antidote to all that overdoing it. The first year, online giving was up 50 percent on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year, we hope the numbers were even better. But if you missed your chance on Tuesday, just start your own giving tradition and pick a charity. It’s just common sense.

Apparently some football fans are simply too serious about the game. A woman in Alabama has been charged with shooting and killing a fellow Alabama fan when the victim had the nerve to joke around after the Crimson Tide lost to archrival Auburn. We don’t want to convict the woman without a trial, but the story is a warning to everyone who has a sensitive spot for their football team. Don’t take a gun to the game or the party afterward. It’s just common sense.

Cursing at a school bus full of kids doesn’t sound like a very good idea, but that is what two police officers in Dalton, Ga., did recently. Actually, it sounds like the kids deserved a tongue-lashing after acting up on the bus. But it should have included printable words. It’s just common sense.

Copyright Springfield News-Leader. Reprinted with permission.

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