SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and South Plainfield’s Assemblyman Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr. (D-Middlesex) announced they will be presenting South Plainfield resident Chris Kuberiet with a signed copy of newly enacted “Abigail’s Law.” Bill A-1455 that was introduced and sponsored by Diegnan designated "Abigail's Law," requires that all school buses manufactured on or after 180 days following the bill's enactment be equipped with sensors to alert a bus driver when a child walks in front or back of the bus. The bill provides that the design and installation of the sensor must conform to regulations to be promulgated by the State Board of Education, in consultation with the Chief Administrator of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. This measure will help to ensure the safe transport of the State’s students, particularly its younger students.
The law is named after South Plainfield resident Abigail Kuberiet who was tragically killed by a school bus back in 2003. When reflecting on his work in the State Legislature earlier this year Diegnan said “The bill that is closest to my heart is Abigail’s Law which requires sensors be installed on school buses to detect the movement of small children around the outside of the bus. As our South Plainfield community painfully knows, this legislation is named after young Abigail Kuberiet, whom we lost tragically in 2003. My words cannot capture my appreciation to the Kuberiet family for their support during the long uphill process to make this requirement the law of our state.”
Lt. Governor Guadagno and Assemblyman Diegnan will present the signed legislation to the Kuberiet family the Tuesday March 8th at 11:00am at the South Plainfield Library.