Monday, April 6, 2015

Things you used to do, but can't now. Revisiting the 70"s

RIDING WITHOUT A SEAT-BELT    In 1968, government required automakers to include seat-belts.  In 1993, California became the first state to allow police to pull over drivers for failure to wear one.  Now, all but New Hampshire, have seat belt laws.  Maybe that's why New Hampshire's motto is "Live Free or Die"    PAYING NO INSURANCE ON AUTOS    In 1970, only 3 states required auto insurance.  Now everyone except, New Hampshire(again), has compulsory auto insurance laws.    DRINKING WHILE DRIVING    In 1982, only 26 states had banned drinking behind the wheel. (MADD was started in 1980)  All but 11 states have banned drinking and driving.  Only Mississippi, allows people to nurse a drink behind the wheel.    LEASH LAWS    Now, all states and national parks have them.  Some dogs have to carry $1 million in liability insurance.  In Royal Oak, Michigan, owners of dogs deemed dangerous must obtain insurance, take obedience classes, erect signs and take other measures or face up to a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. Dog bite claims more than a third of homeowners insurance liability claims.  It cost nearly $500 million in 2013.  Fatal dog attacks are up 82%.    SEEMED EVERYONE IN THE 70'S SMOKED    There are smoking bans at public parks and beaches.  Some condos and apartments prohibit smoking on site.   We WERE NOT AFRAID OF DIRT    In 1988, Purell introduced the first commercial anti-microbial soap.  Now that's a $400 million business in the U.S. alone.  But these soaps are a contributing factor of drug-resistant bacteria.  World Health Organization calls it "a threat to global health security".  There has been a steep rise in allergies, asthma and other immune disorders.  Plain soap is adequate.

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