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Americans’ Irresponsibility Forces Government to Take Action

April 19, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

On July 1 in West Virginia, a new law will take effect that makes it primary offenses to text message and use a cell phone while driving. The government waited a long time to pass such a law, considering that it is a fact that it is unsafe to text message and or talk on a cell phone while driving. The original question is, why did the government have to pass such a law? Are they not intruding in our lives and our liberties? Certainly they are. They should not have to pass such a law. But it our fault that they are compelled to pass this law. We, as an educated citizenry, should be responsible enough to understand that we cannot drive a vehicle safely and text message at the same time. But apparently we are not that responsible. Therefore, the government is forced to act to save us from ourselves. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System reports that in year 2009, 5,474 people were killed in automobile accidents on U.S. roadways as a result of distracted driving. An additional 448,000 were injured.

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