Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike are all sick of politicians exhibiting “do what I say, not what I do” behavior. It’s often hard to catch them in the act, but there’s no hiding the situation New Jersey Governor John Corzine put himself into.
With all the protections offered to high-profile politicians, it’s unusual that one can so instantly punish himself for a stupid action…but good old Corzine found one of the few ways.
You see, Corzine was in the passenger seat of an SUV driving down the highway to meet Don Imus and the Rutgers women’s hoops team when a vehicle cut directly in the way from the shoulder. Corzine’s driver swerved, which caused the SUV to spin (hey, didn’t we just discuss the merits of making stability control standard?) The Governor’s car smashed the barrier.
And despite laws requiring the use of seat belts, Corzine was not using his. He was rushed to the hospital with broken bones. The reports I heard said the driver, a state patrolman, was not injured. We can only assume he was wearing a seat belt.
In this day and age, I am absolutely baffled why anyone would get into a modern vehicle and not automatically put on a seat belt. Unless you’re driving a vintage F1 racer sitting in between fuel tanks (and you like to perform Maston Gregory-like jumps prior to crashing) the statistics so overwhelming show that wearing a seat belt is one of the single most important things you can do in your life to prevent injury and death.
So Gov. Corzine, I hope while you’re sitting in bed recovering, you give great thought to your bad decision. Then you might want to schedule a tour of high schools to show your casts as reminders to new drivers about the importance of wearing seat belts while driving or riding in any vehicle…especially in New Jersey, where drivers are scarier than a Friday the 13th/Nightmare on Elm Street marathon.