The Lincoln Park Police Department posted on Facebook that the accident may have been caused by the driver wearing the N95 mask for several hours. The police stated that the man may have passed out “due to insufficient oxygen intake/excessive carbon dioxide intake.”
Police said there was nothing uncovered at the scene that led police to believe that the driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the Facebook post.
The driver was not severely injured, according to the New York Post. He was taken to a hospital.
Police said that wearing the N95 mask while driving with no other people in the vehicle is not necessary.
It’s possible that there was another medical reason that could have contributed to the driver passing out, police said.
But the Lincoln Park Police Department didn’t want to suggest that wearing an N95 mask is unsafe, according to the department’s Facebook post.
A Texas judge has publicly announced his county will not be mandating its citizens to wear face coverings when in public, calling such decrees “unconstitutional.”
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry released a statement on Wednesday clarifying his stance on the issue after neighboring Harris County made face masks mandatory hours earlier.
“Galveston County will not be issuing any orders mandating citizens to wear masks or face coverings in public,” Judge Henry declared. “America was built upon the fabric of individual liberty and freedom. It’s important now more than ever that we stress personal responsibility.”
Continuing, the judge explained, “Covering your face while in public is being recommended by national and local health authorities. While we encourage that you consider these recommendations for your own safety and the safety of others around you, I will not be mandating it because I believe it is unconstitutional to do so.”
“Just as critical as getting our economy back up and running, it is important that elected officials uphold their oaths to defend the Constitution and ensure individual freedoms remain intact during and after this pandemic,” he stressed. “I look forward to Gov. Abbott’s directives and orders in the days and weeks ahead to get our state and county back open while focusing on public health and our economy.”