S71 has been revised to mirror Gov. Chris Christie’s conditional veto message. “This initiative alerts responders that victim’s vital health information is in glove boxes, giving first responders a better chance of reviving our motorists in life-threatening circumstances,” Singer emphasized. “Yellow Dot programs are working to help save lives in more than 20 states, including Connecticut and New York. I urge communities across this state to spread the word and encourage drivers to use yellow stickers.”
From an advertorial on[TLS]
The irony of this legislation coming from a man responsible for one known death when he ran over two pedestrians leaving a bar (the same one as him?) years ago.
Here is an account of his last known accident where he paid $1.175 million dollars for running over 75 yr. old Barbara Sara of Jackson NJ
State Sen. Robert W. Singer Tuesday pleaded guilty to failure to yield to a pedestrian, as the 75-year-old woman critically injured in a June car accident involving Singer watched the proceedings in Municipal Court.
Singer, R-Ocean, had two motor vehicle complaints signed against him — failure to yield to a pedestrian at an unmarked crosswalk and careless driving — following a June 15 accident in Jackson in which pedestrian Barbara Sara, of Jackson, was struck. Sara was left in critical condition and remained hospitalized until late October.
"This woman was launched 12 feet into the air and went flying," said Sara's lawyer, Danielle R. Vaz, of the Eatontown law firm of Hobbie, Corrigan, Bertucio and Tashjy. Vaz tried unsuccessfully to persuade Judge Robert C. Blum to allow Singer's plea to be used in the civil case pending against the senator.
Sara was "properly crossing the street, when out of nowhere she was struck," Vaz said, noting the severity of the woman's injuries, which included two broken ankles, a broken leg and multiple fractures to her right shoulder.
Steven Secare, Singer's attorney, called the accident, which took place at the intersection of county routes 547 and 528, an "unfortunate incident" and said "We are apologetic and sorry for what happened."
Because Singer pleaded guilty to failure to yield, the two charges against him were merged, as is the common practice, and technically he was found not guilty of careless driving by Blum. He was ordered to pay a $156 fine and $33 in court costs.
Both Singer, who also is a Lakewood committeeman, and his attorney refused to comment following the hearing....
After all of his reckless driving accidents Singer never saw the irony in sponsoring laws that deal with accident reporting or safety issues.
He sponsored a bill that increases the property damage reporting threshold for a motor vehicle accident from over $500 to over $1000. This reflects inflationary increases in repair costs. Current law requires driver involved in accidents in which there is injury, death or damage to property of any one person of more than $500 to immediately notify the police. The driver also must send a written report to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission within 10 days if no police report is filed. A violation results in a fine of $30 to $100 and may include the suspension of both license and registration privileges.
Best of all is this statement from a Township meeting on July 16 2009
Mr. Hobday advised that at Pine Street and MLK Drive, he had previously requested consideration for a traffic signal at that location. That intersection is heavily traveled, and a traffic signal would be preferred. He understands that it is a controversial issue because of its close proximity to the traffic signal at Route 9.
Mayor Singer stated that part of the problem there is the way that people drive. He travels that road all the time and the violations are outrageous; people are on cell phones, paying no attention, and inch out half way into the intersection before they make the turn, and make that left hand turn into oncoming traffic. The answer to part of that issue is enforcement. It is a very dangerous area. They can not put traffic lights at every street. If they keep doing that, there will be no flow of traffic in this town. But he believes that the County is looking at this issue.
Too bad the victims of the Senator's reckless driving didn't have yellow dots on them.