New Jersey law to help diabetic drivers avoid confrontations

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | Thursday, August 15, 2013

A new law in New Jersey is intended to benefit truck drivers and motorists with diabetes.

According to the New Jersey Department of Health, there are nearly 670,000 people in the state who have the condition.

Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a bill that allows affected drivers to voluntarily note the condition on their license or identification.

The notation would aid law enforcement or emergency personnel in understanding and providing proper care if the person is unable to communicate.

Proponents said a recent report in The Star-Ledger highlighted incidents between people with diabetes and police in which misunderstandings led to alleged rough treatment.

Assemblywoman Celeste Riley, D-Cumberland, said there have been too many misunderstandings that could’ve been avoided with the notation.

“This will be a big step toward resolving this ever-present worry for both diabetics and police,” Riley said in a news release.

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