Jon Corzine, his body nearly broken by a spectacular high-speed car accident on the Garden State Parkway, made the mother of all Don't do what I did videos. Corzine was in the back seat of the car - before New Jersey law required passengers to buckle up. His accident was a life lesson for New Jerseyans, and a teachable moment for every over-scheduled politician in America.
Monday night, Senator Barbara Buono had a far more minor car accident on Easton Avenue near Cedar Grove Lane in Franklin Township a road with many fender-benders. She sustained minor cuts to the face and was treated and released by Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. She was in the back seat, and she was not wearing a seat belt.
New Jersey's Seat Belt Law: (NJS 39:3-76.2f):
On January 18, 2010, legislation was signed into law requiring all occupants to buckle up, regardless of their seating position in a vehicle. A secondary offense, the new law allows police to issue summonses to unbuckled back seat occupants, 18 years of age and older, when the vehicle they are riding in is stopped for another violation. The law is effective immediately.
As you can see, seat belt use - even if you're riding in the back - is required by law. But a lot of people, including those who wouldn't dream of driving without a seat belt in the front seats, don't wear them in the back. Some life lessons need to be taught over and over again.
Senator Buono, I'll speak plainly: We need you. You're our standard-bearer against Governor Chris Christie, and we're proud of that. Don't do this again.
Buono tweet a few minutes ago:
Thanks for all the well wishes. Grateful everyone's fine. Don't make same mistake as me: wear a seatbelt no matter where you're sitting. -BB