TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie today signed legislation to allow New Jersey residents to voluntarily indicate in their driving records that they suffer from diabetes, a measure aimed at avoiding violent encounters with police.
The bill (A945) was introduced last year but had stalled until an article appeared in The Star-Ledger in October about a diabetic driver’s confrontation with State Police troopers.
“I’m just so glad that the governor saw that it was an important issue,” said Assemblywoman Celeste Riley (D-Cumberland), the bill’s sponsor, adding that the measure only passed because of the newspaper’s report. “It heightened awareness.”
The new law will allow enforcement officials or emergency medical personnel to access the information in order to understand or diagnose someone’s condition in case they suffer a diabetic seizure or are otherwise unable to communicate clearly.