In Britain, drivers almost always keep to the left-hand side of the road. Why? It is tempting to answer: ‘Because that is the law in Britain.’ Certainly someone who drove on the right would be in danger of prosecution for dangerous driving. But British drivers don’t keep slavishly to all the laws governing the use of the roads. It is a criminal offence for a driver not to wear a seat belt, to drive a vehicle whose windscreen wipers are not in working order, or to sound a horn at night in a built-up area; but these laws are often broken. Even people who cheerfully break the law against drunken driving — a very serious offence, carrying heavy penalties — usually keep left.
KeywordsPublic Good Market Failure Seat Belt Private Individual Moral Question
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