Jon Corzine, the governor of New Jersey, was in an accident a few weeks ago. He was badly hurt because he wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time. He fractured his thigh, ribs, and other bones and spent some time in a hospital. He’ll be spending even more time rehabilitating.
He wasn’t issued a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, which is a law in New Jersey. What would be the point? The medical costs he paid and the damage to his body are surely more retribution than a silly $46 summons, which would normally be just a technicality. Besides, for a multimillionaire, $46 isn’t too much of a stretch — or deterrent.
But one could look at it as an issue of fairness. The governor isn’t above the law, and he should have to pay tickets when breaking the law like any other citizen.
Corzine decided to ask for a citation, and he wrote a personal check to pay the fine.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine never wore seat belts. She claimed that a relative was in an accident once, and if he had been wearing a seat belt, he would have died. I can’t claim to know the truth behind this assertion, but statistics show that those who have died in car accidents are more likely not to wear a seat belt.
Do you wear your seat belt when traveling in the front seat of a car?
Updated February 10, 2011 and originally published May 2, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.