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Measure Spurred by Death of 19-Year-Old Sayreville Girl & Delayed Notification of Her Parents

(TRENTON) — Assembly Transportation Public Works and Independent Authorities Chairman John S. Wisniewski today issued a multimedia package on his legislation to create a next-of-kin registry in the Motor Vehicle Commission to be used in the event of a life-threatening or incapacitating car accident.

Wisniewski’s bill (A-2592) would be entitled “Sara’s Law,” in honor of Sara Dubinin, a 19-year-old Sayreville resident who was critically injured and incapacitated in a car accident in September 2007.

It took emergency personnel an hour and a half to notify her parents of the accident and, by the time they arrived at the hospital, she had already slipped into a coma. Sara died the next morning, having never awoken.

The multimedia package consists of a video on the legislation, audio of same, a transcript of Wisniewski’s comments and a press release discussing the bill in more detail.

The video can be accessed directly via our Web site — www.assemblydems.com — or by clicking here.

The audio file is available upon request.

A press release on the legislation can be found at www.assemblydems.com or by visiting the Assembly Democrats on Facebook.

A transcript of Wisniewski’s (D-Middlesex) comments is appended below:

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-Middlesex), Assembly Transportation, Public Works and Independent Authorities chair:
“‘Sara’s Law’ is a law that will create a database within the Division of Motor Vehicles that law enforcement will be able to access. It will be created with information supplied by individuals as to who they would want contacted. So, if you have a driver’s license now, you’re going to be able to submit names and those names will appear on a record that only the police will be able to access. So, should something happen, police would be able to understand who to contact, in the case of an emergency, to let family and friends know.

“And the [Dubinin] family goes through every day the what ifs: ‘Had they gotten there sooner;’ ‘Had they been there by their daughter’s side.’ This will prevent those types of very unfortunate situations from happening again.”

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