Tri States Public Radio Staff
Illinois House Proposal
Mon February 6, 2012
Bill to Prevent Diabetics from Driving Buses
A proposal in the Illinois legislature would prevent people with certain types of diabetes from driving a school bus.
Studies have shown that people with insulin-controlled diabetes tend to get into more crashes than other drivers. If a person's blood sugar gets too low, he or she can lose consciousness.
Such people are already barred from driving semi-trailers.
Representative Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) wants to take the existing restrictions on getting a Commercial Drivers' License (CDL) and apply them to school bus drivers.
"You can't drive a semi full of stock product across state lines -- really because of the federal laws related to this,” Eddy said. “But in Illinois the same type of restriction doesn't exist for a form of CDL that allows you to drive a school bus, and the product that you're carrying is, you know, a child."
Eddy stressed the new law would not affect everyone with diabetes. It would only apply to those who use insulin to control it.
Thanks to Illinois Public Radio