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Diabetic Teenager Tasered After Car Crash

This article only enhances the need for diabetic drivers to not only wear proper Diabetic ID’s but to insure that by going one step further and using a Medical Driver Alert decal on your vehicle it just might save your life. I found this article written by Carol Cavazos and the video that accompanied the article.

I know that every day Law Enforcement put their lives on the line and they never know what they are walking into and this is the reason that I believe it is important to ID your vehicle so that we diabetics are safe and that another officer like the one in this story doesn’t walk away mumbling, “I didn’t know he was freakin’ diabetic!”

CLEBURNE (CBSDFW.COM) – A Cleburne teenager was hit with a Taser by police while he was having a medical emergency, and the incident was caught on tape.
It now means police in the city of Cleburne will be required to watch another video – a diabetes training video.
When Ricky Jones collided with a car in Cleburne April 9th, he was disoriented and confused. A Cleburne police officer questioned him. His audio was recorded. He asked Jones, “Do you understand that I’m talking to you? Answer my question. What’s the matter with you?”
The 19-year-old driver was in a hypoglycemic state. He’s diabetic. His blood sugar was dangerously low.
“Step out of the vehicle, sir. Provide me with your driver’s license and insurance,” the officer can be heard saying. “Step out of the vehicle. Or I will tase you!”
23-seconds later he does, firing at the teenager once in the car and once on the ground.
Emergency crews arrive. The officer finds out what was wrong. “I didn’t know he was freakin’ diabetic!” the officer said.“Instead of getting medical treatment, he was shot by a taser,” Jerry Murad said.Murad is Jones’ attorney. “I think it was a mistake, an error in judgement,” Murad said. It’s an error from which others could benefit.
Murad settled with the city of Cleburne for $5,000 and an agreement requiring officers who don’t know about diabetes symptoms to watch a 20-minute training video from the American Diabetes Association.The City of Cleburne said they couldn’t comment on the issue. The Fort Worth and Dallas police departments say they go over diabetes training in the academy. But, Dallas police say they are going to take a look at the diabetes training video to see if they should include it in their regular training program.
Remember to check out our three types of Medical Driver Alert decals: Diabetic Type 1, Diabetic Type 2 and Juvenile Diabetic.



A Diabetic Driver’s Responsibilities

Everyday that a diabetic driver gets behind the wheel of a vehicle he/she takes on more than just their own personal safety. We can be the safest and the scariest people on the road today and it all depends on how we view our responsibilities to drive with or without being in control of our Blood Glucose Levels. We have responsibility to First medicaldriveralert-braceletResponders so that they can take the best possible action on our behalf when emergencies do arise and we need to rely on them to make the best choices when helping us.

Whether traveling by Car, Boat, Cycle or even by Bicycle it is very important to carry some form of Medical Alert ID on a bracelet, necklace, or keyring.

. . . but sometimes that may not be enough!

On of the newest ways to help a First Responder when we are traveling is with a Medical Driver Alert Decal that will alert them to the fact that you are a Diabetic and then they can ask you appropriate questions when they first reach your vehicle. These decals are placed outside the driver’s side back and front windows or even above the driver’s door-handle for quick identification by anyone coming to your aid.

Traveling with a spare BG Monitor to test regularly will help when driving and in most States it will keep you compliant with their laws. The American Diabetes Assoc. has an article on Drivers License Laws By State with a section to find your own personal State’s Laws, you can find your State HERE.


Diabetic Travel Kits

Traveling as a Diabetic or traveling with a Diabetic is really quite easy however there are times when the unexpected happens and you will need to be prepared for them. Almost everyone today travels with bottles of water and snacks but to be on the safe side you should go one step further.

It is important to have a plan of action when you travel as a Diabetic or with a Diabetic and a Diabetic Vehicle Travel Kit can fit anywhere in your car for an emergency. You can buy a small cosmetic case or shaving case to hold your diabetic supplies in while traveling, they are fairly inexpensive and most have pockets and cubby-holes for everything you need.

These are just a few things that will make your next trip, whether short or long a very enjoyable time.

Here are some ideas to include in your diabetic travel kit:

A Case that can be zipped or snapped
Extra Monitor with back-up supply of test strips
Glucose Tablets, Liquids (fast acting)
Extra Needles
Extra Alcohol pads
Your Health Care Provider’s Name and Phone
Up-To-Date list of diabetic medications, amounts and time of day
You can also purchase Diabetic Travel Kits that have cold packs for insulin and injection pens.

Include your traveling companions in your diabetes care while traveling

Show them how to use your Blood Glucose Monitor
Let them know what a Low/High Blood Glucose Number is for you
Show them the emergency Glucose Tablets, Candies or Sugar that you might need if low

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