Ordinarily, I'm against legislation that mandates things that you have personal choice about, and are only damaging your own health. Unfortunately, when we all pay into a common system of medical and insurance care, and even more particularly in this case when we pay taxes to support elected officials, life and health is not a matter of personal choice.
I feel bad that he was injured, but I also feel bad that tax and insurance dollars are going to be spent on repairing this loser. I think at minimum he should be ticketed. And, I think that any elected official caught breaking any law, particularly as dumb a move as this one that he has violated, should be immediately removed from office.
And, I hope he'll reflect on his time in recovery, and work to become a spokesperson for better use of safety belts. It's insane that about half the country believes they're so unnecessary that they don't take the time to click it. It tells me a lot about the hypocrisy of people who get involved in all sorts of nanny-state decisions, and don't spend the 10 seconds to do something that can save their life.