LS308 Law and Society Unit 2 assignment

Now my wife would have to do the extra duties of

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Now my wife would have to do the extra duties of going to the grocery store or my son may need to miss work to pick-up the kids and things might be a little tight around here because we live paycheck to paycheck and do not have extra funds to pay for speeding fines, court costs, legal
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LS308 Law and Society Unit 2 assignment fees and higher insurance rates. " When people want more than they can have, they must give up one thing to get another. Scarcity forces them to decide how much they value one thing relative to another. This line of reasoning applies to obeying a law. Obeying a law often involves a sacrifice of time, effort, resources, or opportunities. The rate at which a person will give up these things in order to obey a law provides a measure of the relative value of obedience to him" (Cooter, 2006). There are also other moral and safety reasons for not speeding, like un-safe road conditions, construction workers, school-zones, setting an example for others and not being a public safety hazard or nuisance, etc. "Violating one of these legal obligations often results in a fine or civil liability. People who contemplate violating these obligations and rationally decide what to do will compare the sanction in dollars to the resulting gain in time, effort, resources, or opportunities. This kind of decision making presumes commensurability with money" (Cooter, 2006). Those who can afford it, might think differently about the laws they choose to break. One who speeds or breaks driving laws by force of habit, also sets the example for anyone who maybe a passenger or who observes the law-breaking behaviors on a regular basis. By speeding, one can easily lose control of their vehicle and cause bodily injury or even death. "The cost to citizens who enforce the law depends on how many other citizens join them. By using the law expressively, officials can change the beliefs of citizens about how many people will enforce the law. The "expressive use of law" by officials includes publicity attached to prosecutions, the language in which the wrong is condemned, the connection drawn between law and morality, and the severity of the sanction. If the expressive use of law can change the beliefs of citizens about how many of them will enforce it, large changes
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LS308 Law and Society Unit 2 assignment in behavior can result
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