Corzine’s SUV Going 91 MPH Before Crash
Not only was New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine not wearing a seatbelt, but he was traveling 91 miles per hour in a 65 MPH zone and using emergency sirens. That strikes me as rather excessive in traveling to a celebrity meet-and-greet.
UPDATE: Radley Balko sees this as part of a growing trend.
When you live in the D.C. area, this kind of thing happens all the time (not the accident, the VIPs taking over the road), and just from personal observation, I’d say it’s happening more frequently. There seems to be an increasing feeling among many politicians that their meetings, their business, and their appointments are somehow more important than everyone else’s. Therefore, they can fly down highways, ignore red lights, and purge everyone else to the side of the roadway.
I don’t overly mind the security precautions used to protect governors and other very senior officials and even concede that official business occasionally warrants inconveniencing others. Radley’s right, though, that this privilege is often abused.