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Diabetes and Driving

Living with diabetes can be a constant challenge. Whether you’ve been recently diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the disease for quite some time, it probably seems like there is no aspect of your life it doesn’t touch. The daily task of driving is no exception.

Most adults must drive. It is essential for getting to and from work, picking up children from school and other activities, and even just picking up the groceries each week. Until diabetes became a part of your life, driving may have been a freedom you never had to think twice about. Now, though, learning to keep your diabetes under control while driving is another responsibility to add to your already full plate.

Diabetes is a disease that has the potential to leave its victims with feelings of dizziness, sleepiness, blurred vision, confusion, loss of consciousness, and even seizures with little or no warning. Because of this, some diabetes sufferers have lost their license to drive.

While the symptoms of diabetes can put drivers in circumstances where it may be difficult to concentrate and make sound driving decisions, the situation is far from hopeless. There are plenty of things you can do to control your diabetes, and keep yourself, and other drivers, safe out on the road.

While it is true that more risk than usual is involved for drivers with diabetes, this does not mean that such drivers should be labeled as unsafe or unfit to drive. The U.S. Supreme Court stated in the 1971 Bell vs. Burson case that driving is an “important interest”, and since then, many cases have been fought and won for drivers with diabetes to retain their right to drive. This “important interest” is one that should be protected for all citizens, including those living with diabetes.

If you have legal questions regarding your license, or are in need of legal representation in order to maintain your license, please call us today.

For more information on driving safely with diabetes, please visit the following websites:

Diabetes Health http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/1999/10/01/1645/diabetes-and-driving-responsibilities/

U.S. Department of Transportation http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/olddrive/Diabetes/

Diabetes Sisters http://www.diabetessisters.org/from-the-experts…/diabetes-a-the-law/763-diabetes-a-driving-february

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