Nonny, on Apr 14 2007, 07:24 PM, said:
Juris Rovvius, on Apr 14 2007, 02:52 PM, said:
A driver is free to refuse to drive anybody who declines to put on a seatbelt. By the same token, nobody is coercing anybody to ride in a vehicle that has an unbuckled passenger.
So what do you think happened to the first state employee who refused to drive the governor?
Wittily stated, and a point I hadn't thought of. Well done.
All laws are, ultimately, value judgments that impose costs in the hopes that greater benefits will be received. In a sense, every law as in investment. Analytically, a decision *not* to enact a law is identical.
Let's assume that the governor is a freak of nature who complies with all state laws. The state driver in question might lose his job, but the benefit is a reduction in police ability to harass otherwise-law-abiding citizens. The ability of the police to pull drivers over needs to be heavily restricted and regulated, for obvious reasons. As cost-benefit analyses go, not extending the law has a lot to go for it. And that's before reaching the ideological question of whether or not it's wise to require the state to tell us how to keep ourselves safe. For our own good, don't ya know.
Of course, even that analysis overlooks the obvious: Even if the state law did apply to the governor, the odds that he would have actually complied with it are essentially nil. He already disregarded the safety reasons for wearing the governor, so the chance of getting a ticket from a cop (and that would be one ballsy cop!!) would hardly even register on his radar. More broadly, I have my doubts that seatbelt laws actually encourage people on a large scale to wear seatbelts. I'm not aware of any empirical work being done on the issue, however.
Edited by Juris Rovvius, 14 April 2007 - 11:05 PM.
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.