Unformatted text preview: The social burden can add up quickly. Of course, the same argument can be used for a motorcycle helmet law. Have you ever heard someone’s head hit the pavement, and see the head trauma that occurs? Buy a cantaloupe and give it a hurl onto the pavement one day for a graphic visualization. We have the technology to keep virtual “vegetables” alive today for an extended period of time. Who pays for this? Another problem: Federal Highway money is tied to seat belt compliance. If a lot of people choose not to wear their seat belt, Federal Highway Funds are cut off. Will state taxes be increased to meet the highway needs of N.C.? How will you feel 17 if your state income taxes are increased because a large group of citizens choose not to wear their seat belt? What if you are a highway construction worker that gets laid-off because of the loss of Federal Highway Funds...
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- Fall '10
- Externalities, Externality, Pigovian tax