Re: [IP] Driver's License:
Hi Sue & everyone,
I need to address something related to driver's licenses in California....
This is hearsay cause I have not read it on the back of the renewal form....
I'll start with: Once upon a time because a long time ago (1966) I was
turned into the CA DMV because I had diabetes.
Though I'll never know for sure, it is a pretty good guess that my "school
system" reported me. At the time it was district policy to not let
diabetics (we were an "excluded" population) take driver's training. And
my dad (with me going along for the ride) eventually forced the policy to
At the time there was a question "Do you have any medical condition that
may impair your driving ability?".... The DMV hearing was
dramatic!!!!! The hearing officer proceeded to "attack" with opinions not
supported by facts.
He also made a major blunder of never asking who the extra person in the
office was. After the "rant" the extra person introduced himself. Dr. R,
President of So. California American Diabetes Association.
Can't imagine why the H.O. agreed that diabetes in my situation wasn't an
Probably because it was made clear that the American Diabetes Association
was willing and ready (if needed) to take the California DMV and hearing
officer to court.....
Since that time I understand specific examples are listed in the footnotes
on the back of the form..... though I have never personally read the footnotes.
The DMV assumes that we are unable to drive safely unless we "prove" otherwise.
At one time there was a specific question included: "Do you have
diabetes?". Not positive though seem to remember that the courts decided
that was not an appropriate question to ask on the renewal form.
High energy topic,
Diabetes doesn't limit an individual?
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