TRENTON, NJ – Acting Governor Kim Guadagno today recognized the
passing of “Abigail’s Law”, in South Plainfield. The new law will require
that all subsequently manufactured school buses in New Jersey must be
equipped with front and rear motion sensors. The bill was inspired by the
loss of two-year-old Abigail Kuberiet, when she was struck and killed by a
school bus that she walked in front of in 2003.

“We wish that this tragedy had never happened, but we can be comforted
knowing that we have taken steps to ensure that what happened to Abigail
never happens to another child here in New Jersey,” said Acting Governor
Guadagno. “As a result of this law, all newly manufactured school buses
will have both frontal and rear motion sensors enabling drivers to operate
buses more safely for our children in the future.”

The Acting Governor was joined by the bill’s prime sponsor,
Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan, and Abigail’s father, Middlesex County First
Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Kuberiet. During the ceremony, she
provided Mr. Kubereit with a certified copy of the bill.

“Regardless of how much we teach our children the importance of school
bus safety, tragedies can happen in just the blink of an eye,” said
Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan. “From a great and inconceivable misfortune, we
finally have a simple, life-saving technology that can help protect
students, drivers and pedestrians and prevent another New Jersey family
from losing a child,” Diegnan continued, “I am appreciative of the Acting
Governor for her visit and words of comfort that may help assuage the
continued bereavement of the Kuberiet family and by the passage of
Abigail’s Law leave them with only the cherished memory of their angel
Abigail.”

An attempt to pass a similar bill occurred closer to the accident, but
the appropriate technology was not available until recently.