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By Tom Hester | December 13th, 2012 - 3:46pm
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Riley Bill Aimed at Helping Diabetics Avoid Confrontations with Police Released by Assembly Panel

(TRENTON) – Legislation Assembly Democrat Celeste Riley sponsored to help avoid problems between diabetics and police officers was released Thursday by an Assembly committee.

The bill (A-945) requires the Motor Vehicle Commission, at the voluntary request of a licensee, to allow a driver's license to include a notation that the licensee suffers from diabetes, is insulin dependent and, as a result, may be susceptible to convulsive seizures.

“The notation is to be used solely by law enforcement officials or emergency medical professionals to diagnose a person who has been rendered unable to communicate due to a diabetic seizure,” said Riley (D-Gloucester/Salem/Cumberland). “We’ve seen too many misunderstandings between diabetics and police officers that could have been avoided with this basic knowledge. This will be a big step toward resolving this ever-present worry for both diabetics and police..."

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