Many states require that drivers wear seat belts while operating their motor vehicles.
This is not like forbidding the use of cell phones or intoxicants, which might impair the
driver and endanger other people on the roads- The seat belt law imposes a
governmental regulation that can, at most, be held to protect only the individual citizen
whose behavior is being restricted. Why should the government be able to tell an
individual what to do in the privacy of his or her own car?
Write a paper assessing the seat belt law, in terms of the social contract theories of
Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau- Support your assessment with research
on their social contract theories. You may begin your research with suggested
Resources, but you are also expected to conduct your own independent research into
the scholarly and professional resources of the field.
Consider the following in your paper:
Should the government provide security by overcoming the selfish desires of the
individual citizen, or should citizens cooperate voluntarily in service of the general
welfare of all?
What justifies the imposition of governmental authority on individual citizens?
Are individuals always obligated to obey the dictates of their government?
Which elements of the traditional theories are relevant to this case?
Is it unethical for individual citizens to ignore this governmental requirement?