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NJ Mayor Ticked for Careless Driving

Carteret Police Officer Matthew Failace issued the ticket. Reiman does not agree with the ticket, and his lawyer will fight it in court.

Carteret Mayor Daniel J. Reiman

CARTERET, NJ- Carteret Mayor Daniel J. Reiman, was issued a traffic ticket for careless driving Thursday for a crash two days earlier in which he struck a parked vehicle near his home.

Reiman said he swerved to avoid a dog, resulting in a “simple accident,” his first ever, and nobody was hurt. He does not agree with the ticket, and his lawyer will fight it in court.

Municipal court records show the incident occurred at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Carteret and Taylor avenues. Carteret Officer Matthew Failace issued the ticket.
The Carteret Police Department could not be reached for comment Thursday about the crash.

Reiman said he was near his home on Carteret Avenue – a wide street with center islands – and swerved his personal vehicle right when a dog “jetted” into the road. He struck a vehicle, then swerved left. He was not injured, and unbuckled his seatbelt and waited for police, fire and EMS to arrive.

After answering standard questions, he had his car towed. He was not injured, and the dog survived the incident, he said.

“Like a good neighbor I’ve spoken to the owner of the impacted car, reported the accident to my insurance company and followed up with my doctor,” Reiman wrote in the email. “This is my first accident or ticket ever after driving for nearly 27 years; so like millions of American I can now note an accident on my driving history.”

Reiman said he expects opponents will exploit the incident and create a false narrative since he is up for re-election in the coming year.

“Unfortunately in this day and age it is par for the course, we treat our elected officials like pinatas and the truth rarely matters,” he said.

Reiman said the ticket will be transferred to a neighboring municipal court, a standard move, and his personal lawyer will address it there.

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