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Man jailed for driving while diabetic

Diabetic motorists would do well to make sure they’re fit and well before they jump behind the wheel; one diabetes sufferer has been sentenced to jail for six months after causing a serious accident.

Tough new rules mean diabetics can be banned from driving after suffering two attacks in a year.
Tough new rules mean diabetics can be banned from driving after suffering two attacks in a year.

Darren Lock, 41, admitted dangerous driving after impaling a pedestrian on railings when his blood sugar dropped to a very low level as he commuted home from Bedford railway station.

Mr Lock suffered hypoglycaemia automatism, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a lamp post, before hitting 46-year-old William Dawkins. Mr Dawkins had to spend a week in intensive care after suffering a broken leg, a punctured lung, two broken vertebrae in his neck and a burst an artery in his arm.

Mr Lock’s case took a turn for the worse when it was discovered he’d failed to report his medical condition to the DVLA – a legal requirement. Under new EU rules, any diabetic who suffers two hypos a in a year – even if they aren’t driving at the time – faces a driving ban. 

Speaking to The Telegraph, a spokesman from the DVLA reiterated its stance on the matter, saying: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world and licensing rules have an important role in maintaining this position.”

“We aim to strike the right balance, making sure that only those who are safe to drive are allowed on our roads, while at the same time avoiding placing unnecessary restrictions on people’s independence.

“We must apply European medical standards but we consider every case individually and only refuse licences where absolutely necessary.”

According to recent reports, there are currently up to a million diabetic drivers that face losing their license due to their condition.

In addition to his six-month jail sentence, Mr Lock has also been banned from driving for three years and will have to re-take his driving test.

Via: Aol Cars

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