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L. Brooks Patterson Ticketed for Not Wearing His Seatbelt in August Crash

The Oakland County executive paid the $65 ticket Tuesday.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson was cited Tuesday for not wearing a seatbelt in the Aug. 10 crash that hospitalized him for five weeks.

The Auburn Hills Police Department issued the ticket, which is a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $65 and zero points on a driving record. Patterson paid the fine on Tuesday.

“Not wearing a seatbelt was a mistake,” Patterson said in a statement. “I accept my responsibility and paid the $65 fine this afternoon.”

Patterson was discharged from McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac on Friday and is continuing his rehabilitation at an undisclosed location.

He had been hospitalized since Aug. 10 when the car he was riding in crashed into another car at an Auburn Hills intersection. According to police reports, the second car failed to yield at a flashing yellow turn signal, causing the crash.

Patterson broke a hip, leg, ankle, five ribs and both wrists. 

Patterson's car was driven by his longtime driver, James Cram. Neither Cram nor Patterson were wearing seatbelts when the cars crashed; Patterson's seatbelt was found buckled behind the passenger seat. 

According to the Auburn Hills Police Department, Cram has not yet been issued a citation related to seatbelt use. "Mr. Cram suffered significant injuries from the crash and is not in a position to handle a traffic citation at this time," a news release stated.

Anthony Prainito, the driver of the Volkswagen Passat that Patterson's Chrysler 300 crashed into at the intersection of Walton and Opdyke, was charged with a misdemeanor in the crash. He pleaded not guilty. 

More on the Patterson crash:

  • L. Brooks Patterson Released From Hospital
  • L. Brooks Patterson, from Hospital Bed: 'I'm On the Mend'
  • Patterson's Seatbelt Was Buckled Behind the Passenger Seat
  • Patterson Crash: Here's How Those 'Flashing Yellows' Are Supposed to Work
Homer Simpson September 20, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Again...Michigan is a No-Fault state.
Karen M Faett September 20, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Please leave the county mr. Douglas and jeppostol since you have no gratitute. How do either of you self righteous, cruel, petty small minded men help our county? Guess what, according to Google, neither of you have not accomplished anything in your pathetic existences. No one can say the same about Brooks. He kept us safe when he was the prosecutor and financial solvent during this latest economic downturn. How about some compassion or gratitude whether you like the man or not?
KB September 20, 2012 at 05:57 AM
@Haulin -- according to Merriam-Webster, the definition of SNOWMOBILE is as follows: : any of various automotive vehicles for travel on snow; specifically : an open vehicle for usually one or two persons with steerable skis on the front and an endless belt at the rear That said, what point are you trying to make?
Haulin T Male September 20, 2012 at 12:19 PM
My point, one) we now need Stop signs and traffic lights out on a huge frozen body of water Two) it is obvious that Merr-web, didn't no where to put it, so they described it, nothing more, Perhaps best would be off road, ride able pc. of machinery, as is a ride able lawn mower......... to your point in using a dictionary, to run your life...... your letting some else to do your common sense thinking.
Haulin T Male September 20, 2012 at 12:28 PM
@ beth, not sure the integrity of Politics in Oak Co. is based on a Seat Belt Ticket, as a politician, he is using this to it's fullest....... what a good bad guy am I.
Haulin T Male September 20, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I now know that people don't read, don't understand what really happens in daily life, don't understand insurance, from the accusations, to some of the sensible replies, made here and on other Patch fillers on this subject..... (when they need to fill space, they go back to what caused the longest thread) lol. Basically it is this, what lay people think they know, and what or how it transpires or played out, is two tot. diff. ballgames . No Fault, what part of "NO" is so hard to understand? it came about, by consent of the Ins. board, to take case load off the courts dockets, (ins.Co. figured out, at the end of the day, when all atty fees etc. pay outs are done,) just pay for all damages, further ahead. Better watch what you wish for, those that want his Ins. to not pay for his health care, some day you might be in your own accident, where you go bankrupt over the Hosp. bills, (things have a way of coming around and biting you know where.) I get a feeling, some of you, if there was a death, by no seat belt, would of traced THAT ticket all the way to the "ESTATE" dispersal...... as for where a person lives and freedom of speech, let it be, use it to form your likes and dislikes of what ever........ I am surprised, the editor didn't take R J's post, for no basis, and not sticking to the flavor of this interaction. Peace .......... if nothing else he has done wonders for this County, no matter what contrived flaws he has as a human.
KB September 20, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I'm not following your logic or the point you're trying to make, Haulin. My use of a dictionary was to educate you on the fact that a snowmobile is, in fact, a vehicle. Regardless of your focus on semantics, MY point was that Brooks should be well aware of the risk of traveling at accelerated speeds without restraint, regardless of the vehicle. He of all people should know better. Have a great day, Haulin.
Cathy Fucinari September 20, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Sorry, Haulin T Male, but no fault means the other guy won't have to pay for it.
Cathy Fucinari September 20, 2012 at 03:41 PM
He may have done wonders 30-40 years ago. However, the county is now in a shambles. Times have changed, and It's time for a change. Vote for Kevin Howley.
Haulin T Male September 20, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Going to edicate me, (lol) why I am just a bungling idiot, MOST words get into a dictionary by public usage, acceptance. Kris, go into any dealer tell them you want to buy one of their Vehicles, don't slap them for their queried look. Go into any large parking lot with 90 to 120 "Vehicles" parked out side, and ask the hostess if she could get some of the vehicles moved out side..... so you can park your VEHICLE , see what expression you get back at you......... they are sleds SLEDS w / engines, they pay a TRAIL FEE, that is how those in the know will call them ............ 'As for the book you quote, that is the same book that at one time, called a "fart" an explosion between the legs.............. go figure. "enough" ...... your not a snowmobiler. every one that is or sells, or repairs, call them sleds.....
Haulin T Male September 20, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Shambles? based on what....... he wasn't Co. Com, 30 or 40 yr's ago....... Oak. co. is one of the top 3 or 4 counties in the country. pretty hard to say in shambles. no need to put a political plug here....... ............
Haulin T Male September 20, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Sorry that is richest counties.
Kristin Bull (Editor) September 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
It's unfortunate this thread has gotten completely off-topic. The story is related to L. Brooks Patterson paying a ticket for not wearing his seatbelt in a car crash; it's not about the tragic death of his son in a snowmobile accident.
Haulin T Male September 21, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Cathy: the guy who hit them got a ticket, for basically causing the accident, (turning in front of on coming traffic) if car one didn't hit County car, there would of been no injury....... I think no fault comes into play when no ticket is given, In Michigan, No seat belt, is just a fine, AND means NO points on your record. (it is a reminder Ticket, (should be invasion of privacy, when your stopped for no belt.
Haulin T Male September 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Kristen: I believe the point she was making was , Like Father Like Son ?? not sure there are seat belts on Snow mobile sleds.
Kat Freemason September 21, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Safe? Financially solvent? Are you blind, Karen M. Faett? In the last 2 years the percentage of Oakland County residents getting food stamps has increased 20%. Have you noticed every other business/store front closed in Oakland County? You must not live, work or eat here.
Kat Freemason September 21, 2012 at 08:03 AM
Insurance is provided for a fee, and is meant to cover his injuries. However, with that said, he is also collecting temporary disability insurance (mandatory for OC employees off work after 6 weeks), and that means he is NOT currently our OC Executive. His mouth pieces and underlings that get quoted in the papers are doing his job. If he IS working, and collecting disability insurance, I hope criminal charges are brought soon against him for fraud. (Anyone truly expect him to suffer consequences the rest of us do, when we know for years he hasn't?)
Kat Freemason September 21, 2012 at 08:05 AM
"...the DUI?" You must mean the several hundred DUI and other illegal substance abuse charges he should have gotten over the last 20 years.
Kat Freemason September 21, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Which brings up an interesting question....how is it he is even a valid choice on this year's ballot? He is currently disabled from working as County Executive, and is receiving disability insurance. Is he still being paid wages while on disability? If so, that is fraud. With all the empty/closed businesses in Oakland County, and astronomical increase in food stamp recipients over the last few years, we can't afford Patterson (or Bouchard for that matter). The only thing keeping Oakland County above the fray are the taxpayers of Bloomfield Hills. The rest of the County is in very poor shape.
Kat Freemason September 21, 2012 at 08:23 AM
Or, put another way, Grover, ...a lot faster 2 seconds before the crash. What drugs/alcohol were in the Deputy's and Brook's systems? Oh, forgot, they weren't drug tested. How convenient, per usual. Another fact in this case is that the Auburn Hills judge who ticketed the other driver was convicted of a DUI, was on a tether for a year, but was still allowed to be a judge during that year!!! How did that happen? Thanks to Brooks, she still kept her job. This incident stinks to high heaven.
Kat Freemason September 21, 2012 at 08:26 AM
Retired Deputy and Patterson speeding, and not wearing seat belts causing severe injuries. Sheriff Bouchard nose diving his helicopter into a crowd of peaceful classic car owners during the Dream Cruise sending people to the hospital. WE NEED A HUGE CHANGE IN OAKLAND COUNTY. PRONTO.
Haulin T Male September 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Oakland co."Champion of Change" White House has named 13 counties, as Counties of Change, I say this cause there are a couple of County basher's posting, unsubstantiated claims, B4 you reply to this, remember the White House is Democratic, and L Brooks Patterson and most of Oakland Co. is republican.
JohnKimble September 24, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Kat Freemason. You appear to be confusing the Oakland County Merit Rules and/or union rules related to employee benefits with Elected Officials and/or their appointees. Mr. Patterson, as an elected official is compensated with a salary. Look up the definition of a Salary in State and Federal Statute, or under the National Labor Relations Board. While doing some research, next go research the County Charter and how it speaks towards compensation for elected officials. I'm pretty confident you will find that, much like elected representatives at local Government, State Government and even at the Federal level that there is very little requirement forcing one to "accept/take" disability - or even an attendance policy at all per se'. Do you really think Gabby Giffords was forced to double dip when she was shot in the head in Arizona a couple of years ago? Your obvious blind hatred for the man (or perhaps his party) is causing you to ramble on with baseless statements that are to coin a phrase you seem to like on this story - fraud...
Haulin T Male September 24, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I believe both Gabby and brooks were working, on the job sort of speaking....... there is more fine print, for on the job type wounding........... besides Gabby has a different standard, she is not under NLRB, both are elected officials.......... don't confuse, witrh a hourly or salaried employee.......... as those that work for them,,,,,,,,,,
JohnKimble September 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Mr. Male - points are well taken. However, Ms. Freemason's statement that "disability" is "mandatory" for "all Oakland County Employees" is baseless. Oakland County Government has several ruling/governing statutes and policies depending on which element said employee falls under. A county elected is not subject to the merit rules, or union contracts that she may be referencing. the gabby statement was an analogy - just as she is an elected official she is not subjected to the similar rules and regulations governing/protecting members of the House of Representatives Staffing Employees.
Sefasdancer44 September 26, 2012 at 08:41 AM
That's right James. The DUI he deserved several years ago still upsets me. If it was you or I in that situation we would have been locked up and still making payments to pay off the repercussions. Depends who you are as always!!!!
Haulin T Male September 26, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Dancer44, that is so not true, I will tell you, a certain PD, stop me, I was goinf down, after two beers, I didn't know what was happening, I couldn't get zyxw....... they ran my record found spotless, his partner drove my van and parked it across the street, and they drove me home....... I have not had a beer since......... that was 4 yr's ago. This makes it sound as though I drink and drive, What was happening, I was having a reaction to new medicine that did not say "no alcohol " They had noticed I was wearing Compression leg wraps, ask if I was on any medicine, ............... yep....... so don't say if it was you or I, It was "I" I am thank full it was raining, and the motorcycle department doubled up with scout cars............ I sent them a thank you card, and their observation and deed, will always be remembered......... as for Patterson, when you see him talk at length it is more on the jovial and happy side, (mannerisms) easy to get confused............ I had a guy at work who had umpteen court appearances, he was from Denmark, he talked very broken English, the case would get thrown out, cause he acted and talked as if drunk....... so to give an "I know what happen" statement should be careful . Do you or I really know?..
Haulin T Male September 26, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The defense atty. was in court, yesterday, with a hand full of motions, will be interesting................ he wants the text mesg. between officers under freedom of info. act
Sefasdancer44 September 26, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Haulin T Male are you a relative of Patterson or something?
Haulin T Male September 27, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I am not, but old enough to realize the county is better off with him then not.. I did not vote for him ! I am a frustrated def. atty. wanna be, if I could do over. smile. the law is fasc. There fore when ppl with grudges don't like titles, etc speak out on Half truths to muddy the waters. as for "Glass Bottle" means what. to you your implying a no no. But to me it means it could be a sport drink, one of those Tea's that are not in the tall cans, why it could even be an Italian Sauce, or pickle pigs feet.. and or any thing else in a glass bottle. as for the reports, for all the time they close down a rd. for invest. the public reports are sure lacking, I agree, I see my cpd reports monthly, hard to make sense of them. I think (know) it is to not make public too much.. till action is taken, or freedom of info is filed. It just be nice if ppl would not pass wind on their anxieties but just on the facts........ ever been on a jury, DNA is as close to perfect as one could get, YET it is not 100% , if there is doubt must not convict.. why is the guy contesting ? does he have 10 points> I don't know. but if he calls the driver or Patterson to the stand they can plied the 5th...it is OUR right. I am interested in the black box, and how it will stand up to scrutiny . in authenticity . I am not for Patterson nor against.. but don't say no one is above the law. and you went above the speed limit today. and you didn't go to the PD. hypercrit

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