Diabetes Alert Program
Diabetes-related symptoms can sometimes resemble intoxication, causing problems for drivers with diabetes who are pulled over for a traffic stop. Three Methodist hospitals are participating in a community Diabetes Alert program designed to help law enforcement officers identify drivers who may be experiencing diabetes-related symptoms.
Drivers with diabetes can obtain a Diabetes Alert sticker for their cars that can be presented to officers at a traffic stop. Through the program, health officials will also provide area law enforcement officers additional information about diabetes, including information cards that not only clearly identify diabetes-related symptoms but also detail appropriate actions to better protect the health of the individual.
How to Participate
If you would like a sticker for your car, first obtain a prescription form from your physician identifying you as having diabetes. The prescription can then be submitted to a designated Methodist diabetes treatment center (listed below) for a special vehicle “Diabetes Alert” sticker to be placed on the lower, inside left corner of the driver’s side rear window of your car. A copy of the prescription will be returned to you to be kept in the vehicle at all times and presented to law enforcement officers as needed.
Methodist Diabetes Treatment Centers are located at:
Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital
7691 Poplar Avenue, Germantown, TN 38138
Contact: Kristy Merritt, RN, BNS, CDE
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
50 North Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103
Contact: Sherry Ivy, APN, RN, CDE
Methodist University Hospital
1265 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104
Contact: Erin Fontenot, RN, Diabetes Educator