By riquelskyy Latest Reply 2011-09-18 20:08:42 -0500
Started 2011-09-15 10:03:24 -0500

What's the policy for driving if you have diabetes? I live in California.

21 replies

camerashy 2011-09-16 22:35:38 -0500 Report

I didn't think California had driving rules. (That's where I'm from, actually.) The place is a zoo when it comes to the roadways and driving anyway. And oh, hey, there are so many diabetics here in TN and MS that it's considered a normal condition.

Auburn Bill
Auburn Bill 2011-09-16 22:00:42 -0500 Report

In NEW York state they can keep your drivers license if youi re involved in an accident like I was, a parking lot type! Had to show prove my sugars had not dropped in the past several months, showed them a copy of my record book. I donot drive now, but kept my current license. Grandpa Bill

granniesophie 2011-09-16 06:55:03 -0500 Report

I'm wondering if there is a policy in place for driving stupid? Seems to me that that's a much biggeer risk than driving diabetic, and there are lots more people out there that drive stupid then that are diabetic drivers! We can fix the lows and know when we can't drive, for the most part, but the stupid drivers just keep on keeping on!! As has been said "you can't fix stupid!!"

MrsCDogg 2011-09-18 17:37:37 -0500 Report

If that were the case then half the drivers in WV would not be on the road!! LOL!!

jayabee52 2011-09-18 20:08:42 -0500 Report

I fhink many of the drivers here in LV are that way too!

I joked in one profile I put up on a dating website that "the only gambling I do is drive in Las Vegas traffic. If I make it back without an accident I count my self a winner!"

jayabee52 2011-09-15 19:54:17 -0500 Report

I had just lived in CA for about 2.5 years and have been living in NV again for about 9 mos now.

When I was there and changed my license from NV to CA there was no problem. There was a paragraph on the back of the DL application form to ask if I had a medical condition which would make it dangerous to drive.

I had been driving for about 15 years as a Person with diabetes at that time and I had never had a problem or accident which was related to any of my medical conditions, including diabetes, and I in good conscience did not check off the check box. Had I had a lot of frequent lows, or I had hypo unawareness then I should have checked the box.

I have only 1 incidence of a low BG reading back in about 2001 or so. I was at work and had a BG of 40. Even at 40, I don't think I was impaired. I don't remember what transpired to get me to check my BG. After I drank a regular soda, I was good to go.

I do check my BG numbers before getting behind the wheel. Usually I am just a little bit elevated with my BG numbers. If I am close to 80 I will snack on a little something to raise my BGs.

AutoX 2011-09-15 18:30:17 -0500 Report

Several months ago a person here in the SF Bay area was in an accident because he was diabetic. Both he and the company he worked for (he was driving a company truck) were sued. I do not remember anything being stated that you had to have anything added to your license about being a diabetic, but it would make sense to note a potential issue if you are on insulin or some other drug that can drop your blood sugars down to dangerous levels, like this person had.

rebeccaeagerton 2011-09-15 14:38:10 -0500 Report

I know every state has different policies. Here in Alabama you cannot get a license unless your doctor fills out a form and recommends that you can drive even though you have diabetes.

GabbyPA 2011-09-16 13:08:58 -0500 Report

Wow, I never knew that. In Florida we have to make it known, but there is no restriction except for commercial driving. I will have to check on some other states about that. I want to move and never considered that it would be different.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 18:05:15 -0500 Report

At first my reaction to this was anger and this is bull…After thinking about it for a bit that really is not a bad idea. David used to work with us as a temporary sometimes. He could not feel his highs or lows at all. He would suddenly pass out. For these diabetics it is a great danger to have them driving. If I ever have to have a dr consent that it is ok for me to drive I hope I remember David. He was not 40 when he went to sleep in his apartment one night and never woke up. Jean was another diabetic I worked with. Often she had to get rides home because her sugars were so out of control she could not function, at least she knew it was not safe for her to drive.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-15 12:58:08 -0500 Report

In Cali, you can have it printed on your license that your diabetic and what type, just like they do if you wear glasses. It shows up on the back just below the magnetic strip. I had it printed on mine just in case I was ever in an accident and couldn't speak for myself. It's not manditory, but an option that you can have done. There's a spot on the application you can have special instructions or other restirctions printed on your license. As far as there being any laws specific to diabetics and driving, I don't believe Cali has any (at least not yet). But I have seen a case where a diabetic driver was held responsible for an accident because she knowingly drove her car while on a low.

As a side note too, don't let your auto insurance know you're diabetic. My company wanted to raise my rates. I fought it and won, but only because my husband and I had been customers of theirs for so long that they didn't want to lose us. And the only way they found out was because I added my insulin pump to our homeowner's insurance, which we also carried through them.

Abby888 2011-09-15 15:30:07 -0500 Report

That's interesting about the licenses. I wish NH did that especially if you get pulled over and are having a diabetic problem. Not all officers are mindful that you may appear say intoxicated but are having a diabetic emergency. @riqu­elsk­yy-you should contact your local dept of motor vehicles or dept of safety and find out what the law is.

margokittycat 2011-09-15 14:59:06 -0500 Report

That is weird about the insurance, it must be different in places. My insurance company has never wanted to raise my rates for being diabetic. I do not think they can do that. I would check statel laws and legislation on that. If they can do that to diabetics then they should do it to heart patients that have had any kind of heart surgery and have a high risk of heart attacks.

ShellyLargent 2011-09-15 16:00:50 -0500 Report

They labeled me as a high risk in the same category as smokers and convicted DUI drivers… Like I said, we fought back and won… We did consult an attorney and he sent the insurance company a letter on my behalf. It was only a few days later and they dropped our rates back to where they were before.

margokittycat 2011-09-15 14:54:59 -0500 Report

That is a good idea to have it printed on your license that you have diabetes. I wish all states did that.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 17:14:56 -0500 Report

I do wear a medic alert necklace plus keep a list of current medications and doctors name and phone number in my wallet. When I took first responder training that was something we were taught to look for in case of accidents.

realsis77 2011-09-15 12:34:54 -0500 Report

That's a great question! I live in California, and as far as I understand that as long as you are NOT impaired in any way and have a valid licence you should be fine. However I'm not aware of any restrictive laws, but there very well COULD be some. I'm very interested in finding out how others will answer this question??? California does have many laws other states do not have. I wonder if others know more about this?

MEGriff1950 2011-09-15 10:10:39 -0500 Report

In all states you need a valid drivers license and have to obey all laws. For some who are disabled because of the disease they may have restrictions.

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