Driver License and insulin

By Bun10 Latest Reply 2013-11-17 14:24:44 -0600
Started 2013-10-02 08:11:05 -0500

I had to renew my driver license recently and was surprised to see a question asking if I was on insulin, which I'm not. I have heard that if you are on insulin, you should check your BS before driving. Anyway, it made me wonder about how that impacts your world if you are an insulin user. I can see it would be a wise thing to do but, it just never occurred to me before.

Tags: insulin

11 replies

Adee5 2013-10-29 11:45:56 -0500 Report

I'm a police sergeant in New York City. About 2 years ago a patrol team requested me to a location of a car stop. When I arrived, I learned that this car drove off, dragging one of my cops along the way, thankfully not injuring him too bad. They placed him under arrest (however, the driver was not handcuffed and being treated by EMT's.). After speaking with the EMT and speaking with the driver, he remembered nothing, and was very articulate. He informed me he was diabetic, and further learned the EMT's gave him a dose of glucose. Taking all that into consideration, we decided not to hold him criminally liable. So, I agree with testing before you go behind the wheel of a car. Be safe everyone!

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One Step at a Time 2013-10-04 04:33:11 -0500 Report

It's for the safety of the driver too. If you're in an accident, or pulled over, the police know you have a serious medical condition. Imagine if they arrested you for DUI because you were low …they didn't know to contact medical personnel and look for your meds. You'd bottom out, dangerously, in the back of their car. They'd throw you in the drunk tank until you sobered up- which wouldn't happen.

My friend was pulled over for soap texted DUI. His BG was 30…he was disoriented, slurred speech, stumbling, fighting with cops…, sounds drunk. One cop had a diabetic child…he called my friends wife (recent cell #) and figured out what was happening.

You should put an ICE contact in your phone too with DR info and your meds.

Bun10 2013-10-02 13:07:44 -0500 Report

Thanks, Shelly. This year was the first time I'd seen that on a questionnaire. Now I see it could be beneficial. Perhaps your latest lic has a number or letter that signifies it to the police but not the general public when you use it for just ID purposes.

ShellyLargent 2013-10-02 13:03:02 -0500 Report

I think it depends on the state. I've had a driver's license in both California and now Idaho. CA put DIABETIC ON INSULIN on my license under restrictions. I was told that was so, if pulled over for erratic driving, the officer would be aware that I may be having a diabetic episode and not drunk… My Idaho license doesn't say anything on it, even though they asked that question on the application. I guess they're happy with just assuming I'm drunk, not in need of medical attention… Fortunately, I test so often anyway that it's not been an issue.

Bun10 2013-10-02 11:52:44 -0500 Report

Thanks, Nick! What kind of a restriction do they put on a lic? I know they do that with eye glasses.

Nick1962 2013-10-03 06:38:08 -0500 Report

Some states will not allow you to drive for a period after a hypoglycemic episode. My state requires a medical exam if you answer yes.

Nick1962 2013-10-02 11:44:54 -0500 Report

In some states you can’t get a commercial driver’s license – can’t drive a bus or commercial truck. Others put a restriction on your regular license or require a medical letter certifying you’re fit to drive.

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