Gov. of N.J.: 5 days post MVA without seatbelt remains on vent

  1. By now most of you probably have heard that the Gov. Corzine of New Jersey was severly injured in car crash. He was riding with a State Trooper going 91miles an hour and not wearing a seat belt. It is funny how you can have disagreements inside a family about how a thing should be handled. I mentioned to my husband that I thought that the State Trooper most likely would be punished for driving that fast and for allowing a passenger to go without a seat belt. My husband got very indignant and said the Gov. was a big boy and he and he alone was responsible for his not having his seat belt where it should have been. As for the speed, my husband thinks that the only way the trooper would have been going that fast is if the Gov. was putting on the pressure to get some meeting. My husband says that the trooper was probably too intimidated to say no. I said that if the govenor got in my car I would make him wear his seat belt. My husband said, "yes, but the govenor is not your boss" Anyone else have any opinions? PS I am from Pennsylvania and if you want to point out this is none of my business I won't mind.
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  3. by   NRSKarenRN
    share your sentiments.

    since this is happening in my back yard, was interesting to hear his staff who was in the back seat (all others wearing belts and escaped serious injury) state "boss not ameanable to suggestions"

    so a governor who won't listen to experts is now sedated for pain mgmt, on a vent day 5 post mva because of his foolishness while all others are walking around.

    [color=#0044bb]corzine's injuries

    [color=#0044bb]corzine may not have been buckled up
    shea said corzine usually wears his seat belt. when asked why the trooper who was driving would not have asked corzine to put on his seat belt, shea said the governor was "not always amenable to suggestion."

    a law enforcement official close to the investigation told the associated press on thursday that the governor typically does not wear his seat belt, and that his state trooper detail had not been successful in persuading him...
    [color=#0044bb]corzine's driver had legal leeway
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Apr 19, '07
  4. by   PurrRN
    I also heard from my girlfriend (who is doing clinicals at the hospital where he is admitted), that he had been advocating for larger monetary fines for people stopped for not wearing their seatbelts. Talk about irony!! When will people who have political power realize that they are not exempt from laws and regulations??
  5. by   oramar
    Quote from nrskarenrn
    share your sentiments.

    since this is happening in my back yard, was interesting to hear his staff who was in the back seat (all others wearing belts and escaped serious injury) state "boss not ameanable to suggestions"

    so a governor who won't listen to experts is now sedated for pain mgmt, on a vent day 5 post mva because of his foolishness while all others are walking around.

    [color=#0044bb]corzine's injuries

    [color=#0044bb]corzine may not have been buckled up

    [color=#0044bb]corzine's driver had legal leeway
    oh my gosh, it is exactly like my husband said. tell you what my car does not move till everyone belted up. no seatbelt, no go. don't care who it is.
  6. by   muffie
    who gets in a car these days and doesn't use a seatbelt ?

    duh !!!!
  7. by   rngreenhorn
    Quote from muffie
    who gets in a car these days and doesn't use a seatbelt ?

    duh !!!!
    Apparently that would be govenor Corzine.

    I bet he'll use a seat belt from now on though... well one would hope he would....
  8. by   rngreenhorn
    Karen,
    Those were interesting articles. I had heard blurbs about his crash on the news, and for some reason I pictured him driving at low speeds and being hit by another driver. I don't know why I pictured that....

    He is lucky he did not suffer a head injury or paralysis or death... but, you know at 60 years old, he spent most of his life unbelted. The seat belt laws are relatively new.

    And 3 broken leg bones in 3 succesive govenors... I wonder if that should be in the guineus (sp) book of record. Sounds like a dangerous job.

    As far as being ticketed even if being hospitalized, yes it happens. In 1999 I was involved in a horrible accident (many months in the hospital and rehab). The officer who was the 1st on scene, came to my room in the hospital to give me a ticket. He said, "I am so glad to see you are alive (I looked really bad the last time he had seen me), but I have to give you a citation." So, I got a ticket for "failure to keep the vehicle under control." I had fallen asleep and rolled the car. I wanted to say, "now how am I suppose to keep the car under control when I am sleeping?" but descided on a more humble approach. And said "thanks for saving my life."

    Anyway, hope your govenor comes out OK... And not addicted to pain killers... You don't want him signing things into law when he is high on Vicodin.
    Last edit by rngreenhorn on Apr 19, '07 : Reason: typo--- and I'm sure I missed more
  9. by   Roy Fokker
    Quote from oramar
    My husband got very indignant and said the Gov. was a big boy and he and he alone was responsible for his not having his seat belt where it should have been.
    I agree with your husband. Adults don't need to be babysat to death.

    But I also agree with you when you say:
    Quote from oramar
    my car does not move till everyone belted up. No seatbelt, no go. Don't care who it is.
    I apply the same rules with my car and when I'm driving. My parents are not "used to" seatbelts and frequently complain that "it's too restrictive, uncomfortable and un-natural". And I respond that "as long as I'm driving, passengers front and back wear seatbelts. If you don't like it, call a cab and do as you please".

    cheers,
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    Best thing I did when kids young and climbing out of carseats was to pull over, buckle em back in and not move until seated properly. Even missed a movie and turned around from trip to McDonalds due to misbehavior. Now young adults, remind me to buckle up as I startup car for winter defrost.
  11. by   firstaiddave907
    that should be an automatic thing when you get into the car putting on a seat belt and thats a good idea to say where not going anywear untill everybody is buckled up.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    I also will not drive until all passengers are buckled up.
    I lobbied for both the seat belt and helmet laws.

    I work ICU not ER but have seen enough.
    I began working with the Emergency Nurses Association when the mother of a motorcycle victim told us her senior deans list child was in rehab learning to use a spoon.
    I hung the first mannitol.

    Maybe he and others will work to educate people about the reasons for these safety laws.
  13. by   oramar
    If I were the N.J. taxpayers I would be thinking "we will foot the bill for the Govs. and that cops folly". In a broader sense we all will.
  14. by   traumaRUs
    I still remember to this day my dad in the driveway with our brand new 1965 Plymouth Valiant hacking the seatbelts out of it, all the time muttering "the government isn't gonna tell me what to do." Fast forward to the late 90's and even dad was wearing a seatbelt!

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