Potholes and the Gas Tax

Essay B: Discuss an issue of local concern. Why is this issue important to you? How do you think it should be addressed?


From the time when I was a toddler lying in my bouncy chair, to when I got behind the wheel of a car, the words “safety first” were always the first my parents said to me. As far back as I can remember I applied these words to everything I ever did. From looking both ways before crossing the street, to putting band-aids on my torn teddy bear, safety was always applied. Whenever I venture out to do anything I nearly always consider a worst case scenario and contemplate what safety precautions to take (You could say that I’m not a fan of amusement parks). So when it comes to a local concern, safety is my number one. The local concerns of safety that I feel affect everyone on a daily basis involves road safety.

Michigan potholes are already some of the worst, and are only getting worse as time passes by. Potholes are notoriously known to cause an endless list of damages to cars including flat tires, steering system misalignment, suspension damage, fluid leaks, and undercarriage damage. Under no circumstances should these issues be taken lightly, as cars are quite an expensive commodity that people work very hard to pay-off. A more serious consequence are the four hundred fatalities per year caused by our poor road conditions.

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