The general public is forced to spend a lot of money, through taxes or other requirements, on the basis that it saves lives, so I wouldn't think that road maintenance would be too much to ask if, as they like to say, under other circumstances, it saves even one life. I don't know about other states, but Maine collects far more in gasoline taxes than it spends on road maintenance. For the past ten years, Maine has been cutting the roads back, all over the state, so that there is a wide distance between the tree line and the road, in order to reduce collisions with moose or deer. This is a huge expense, in money as well as in the degradation of the appearance of the state, and people are still hitting moose and deer every year. As I see it, studded tires are a more practical way of staying safe on icy roads.