ABC decided to lead with the New Jersey story--not the political consequences of the governor's multiple broken bones but the teaching moment the crash provided. Corzine had been breaking the law as he rode in the front passenger seat of his official Sports Utility Vehicle even though a state trooper was sitting next to him behind the wheel. Buckling up is mandatory in New Jersey. NBC's Tom Costello reported that Corzine was "lucky to be alive" with a broken leg, ribs, collar bone, back, chest bone, "but why was the governor not wearing a seatbelt?" Of the 31,000 occupants of cars who die in crashes annually, 55% are unconstrained by seatbelts. ABC's Jim Avila (subscription required) cited the success of Corzine's latest law enforcement campaign, Click It Or Ticket, achieving a 90% compliance. "Without a seatbelt, Corzine would bounce around the passenger compartment like a billiard ball," Avila shrugged, making every part of the car "a potential weapon to your body."
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