Diabetes and DUI / DWIPosted Friday, May 25, 2007
Categories: Drunk Driving
Low-Blood Sugar in Diabetes Patients Can Impair Ability to
When drivers who are afflicted with diabetes have low blood sugar,
their capacity to drive safely can be compromised. Despite that roughly
one in seven sober drivers on the road suffers from , many police officers may not think of
medical conditions in a driver. Diabetes patients should therefore always
carry a medical ID.
One woman in Toronto, for example, was swerving her 18-wheeler as she
led police on a 50 km chase. She hit the railings on the side of the road
and driving very erratically. Eight cruisers surrounded her vehicle and
she finally stopped the vehicle. Police approached her with guns fixed,
and the woman replied, “What did I do wrong?” Police reports state that
her blood sugar was very low.
Even many emergency personnel are not informed about diabetic
symptoms. Another woman was rushed to the hospital with hyperglycemia, but the doctor had suspected her of
being under the effects of cocaine, and the ambulance driver thought she
If diabetes sufferers possess a high level of ketones-an
alcohol-smelling chemical compound-in their blood, misinformed medical
personnel may easily make poor judgments.
Having low blood sugar however does not serve as a defensible excuse.
Judges have ruled that low blood sugar does not lessen the accountability
of diabetic drivers.