Why The United States Should Adopt The New Laws Essay

1563 Words Nov 11th, 2015 null Page
“Give me liberty or give me death.” Patrick Henry’s famous cry may not mean so much anymore. In the 1970’s, the United States Government made the decision that automakers will be required to install safety belt systems in their vehicles. By the late 1970’s, the government had adopted a concept of two different types of seat belt laws. The primary version of these new laws enforce the law more strictly, allowing a policeman to stop a citizen just for not wearing a seat belt. The secondary version of the law allows a police officer to issue a citation for no seat belt if the officer has already stopped the motorist for other reasons. The newly formed laws were quickly adapted by the states, primarily because the federal government was offering millions od dollars in grants to states that would adopt the new laws. The governments strong effort to convince the states to adapt the new laws succeeded. The new seat belt laws ended up generating more revenue than expected, and once this was realized almost every state adopted the new laws quickly. Over time, every single state in the United States had adopted some form of a seat belt law for drivers over the age of 18, except for New Hampshire. To go swimming and choosing to wear a life jacket or not is a persons own personal life decision, but to get into a vehicle and wear a safety belt or not is a decision left up to the government and not the American. Liberties and freedoms seem to be slowly stripped away from the innocent…

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