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Missouri state government is debating adding more driving laws. These laws will require drivers at age 18 to take a safety course and ban cellphone use behind the wheel.

A car is like a home on wheels. It’s private property and is even covered in many “stand your ground” laws. If people don’t want the government to tell them what light bulbs to use, or how their house should be, then we shouldn’t be letting them doing it with our cars.

Driving can be like modern day Darwinism. If people text while driving, it’s on them. They made the choice to put their lives, as well as others, in danger and should accept the consequences. If it’s them totaling their car then so be it.

The biggest issue is the bill is still vague when it comes to cellphone usage. While texting and driving is a bad choice, and undoubtedly dangerous, phones also provide GPS services. Most drivers today don’t want to print out directions to navigate places like Kansas City. Reading directions can be just as dangerous as reading a text on a phone. It’s also used for music since people would much rather listen to playlists created on Spotify or Pandora than listen to live radio.

It’s also difficult to enforce. Humans are clever beings and will find a way to get away with something if they really want to do it. Maybe they’ll keep it in their laps, or, when they do get pulled over, switch over to Google Maps. They’ll say they were double checking that handy GPS of theirs. This could lead to more invasive measures which could push the boundaries of privacy.

“Government isn’t the solution to our problem, it’s the problem,” late president Ronald Reagan once said. This quote adequately fits the situation. This bill seems like a small step of Missourian government getting a little too invested in our habits.

The bill does have its merits however. Having young people complete a safety course does make sense. This could help lessen texting and driving accidents, as well accidents as a whole. But what would the course consist of? Would simple driving procedures steer the course  or should it also include on how to change a tire and check the oil with safety being the driving force?

The bill raises more questions than fixes problems. Yes, cell phone usage is a growing problem, but is it really up to the government to solve it? It is up to each driver to be personally responsible for their actions. Government should not stick its nose where citizens can handle the situation on their own.

If we do not want government in our homes, then we should not allow them into our cars.

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