There have been many letters to this paper over the course of many years in response to the role of government in our personal lives. The smoking ban being just one example of the type of debate we usually have here in South Carolina. I understand the distaste for government comes from many years of wounds left over from the War Between the States. However when the reluctance to establish regulations affects innocent people, it’s time to rethink what we should address.
For my family it’s safe roads upon which to travel, specifically the lack of a vehicle safety inspection and hands-free phone regulations, fines and punishment for texting. You would think a responsible person would get out and walk around his or her vehicle to make sure all their lights are operating properly, especially the brake lights.
Driving with a cracked windshield depending on severity, or on bald tires would be an example of someone not maintaining their vehicle. We don’t even require a brake inspection, and how many people are driving around with squealing brakes ready to fail and cause an accident?
Every day I see cars that are a hazard to the other drivers around them. I have heard many arguments on why we have not addressed this and I understand given the level of median income for our area that a set of tires might be an enormous expense for some, but I don’t think they would force anyone to file for bankruptcy. I’m not addressing an emissions inspection as we have many old cars on the road thanks to the great climate we enjoy and failing an emissions inspection might well cause a hardship to some.
We all know the hazards of distracted driving and almost every phone, especially smart phones, comes with the ability to be used hands free, yet we continue to see many on the phone while driving. It’s time to have a safety vehicle inspection and distracted driver laws.