You're thinking too small-picture with the seat belts. If someone in a car isn't wearing a seat belt, they can become a projectile and fuck other people in the car up. People not wearing seatbelts also costs hospitals much more because they get fucked up more in accidents, which ends up costing the public more, especially in countries with a functional healthcare system.
"Critics of laws like the requirement to wear seat belts characterize them as the work of "nanny government," interfering with the right of people to conduct their lives as they choose. There is an argument for that perspective, but it remains that people who ignore these laws (motorcycle helmet laws are a close relative) still expect society to take care of them when they are injured while ignoring laws intended to protect them. If the helmetless motorcycle rider suffers a traumatic head injury and has no health insurance (and one could argue that his health insurance shouldn't cover him if he acts recklessly and contributes to his own injury), we don't drag him over to the curb and wait for him to expire. We transport him to the hospital and expend considerable resources to save his life, even though there is little expectation he will be able to pay for this. This increases the cost of health care for all of us. Therefore, there is a "greater good" reason for seat belt and helmet laws that penalize drivers from their own neglect, because their negligence has an impact on everyone."
-Tim Dees, Retired cop and criminal justice professor Quora Nov2012
Forcing people to wear seat belts saves people and insurance companies money.
Forcing people to wear masks saves people and insurance companies money.
Right but the question is why isn't it a political issue? Like if you tell someone "you shouldn't text and drive" or "wear your seat belt", they aren't going to respond with "muh freedom". At least that hasn't been my experience.
They recognize that if they get caught doing it they are going to get ticketed for it. Yet no protests or freaking out about it.
Masks were largely politicized because of Trump's refusal to wear one, and how he made fun of others (like Biden) for wearing one.
However, Trump doesn't, and in fact, can't drive. Therefore he can't have a stance on texting and driving, hence it doesn't become politicized by his cultists.