Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Click-it or Ticket

We hate to kick Governor Corzine while he's down, but we can't imagine a justifiable reason for his motorcade to have been travelling on the Garden State Parkway at 91 miles per hour with emergency lights flashing.

Was the Don Imus/Rutgers meeting so important that he needed to risk his life -- and the lives of other motorists on the road -- to get there? We don't think so.

The rest of us are expected to obey the speed limit. Aside from tending to a state emergency -- which Don Imus is not -- the Governor (and his Trooper escorts) should be expected to obey the speed limit as well. The Superintendant of the State Police, Rick Fuentes, agrees:

"If it's a non-emergency situation, we would ask them to obey the traffic laws and obey the speed laws both for the safety of their occupants and the public," Fuentes said.
Remember, the law applies to everyone. Even the Govenor and members of the State Police.

When will Trooper Robert Rasinski receive his speeding and failure to wear seat belt tickets?


Eugene O'Donnell hits the nail on the head:

Eugene O’Donnell, a professor of police studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said that speed might be justified for a governor racing to respond to a natural disaster, but that “an elected official trying to get a routine appointment would certainly be out of the scope of an emergency definition.”

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