Here in the Buckeye State you can have your driver's license suspended for falling asleep at the wheel (ROMV - Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle) or being too tired to drive safely (DI - Driving while Impaired), but you have to be caught in the act by law enforcement. Commercial drivers are held to a much higher standard and in order to operate a commercial vehicle you must not only have a CDL (commercial driver's license), but also a valid medical certificate. This medical certificate is issued by a doctor who has examined you, reviewed your medical history and has declared you medically fit. This certificate must be renewed with a medical examination and review every two years. At all times you are required to report any medical condition that may affect your driving ability. I once had my medical certificate revoked due to a fractured forearm - the cerificate was renewed as soon as the cast was removed and the bone was completely healed. CDL laws are now similar from state to state, but just a couple of decades ago they varied widely.
Now back to the regularly scheduled program:
I get very concerned whenever I hear about drivers losing their license due to a dignosis of sleep apnea. I understand the safety concerns, but I wonder if apneacs are being unfairly singled out. Do you lose your license until you demonstrate treatment compliance when you are diagnosed with insomnia, clinical depression, diabetes, hypotension or any other of the myriad medical conditions that could adversely affect your driving ability?
Regardless of the law though; it is extremely reckless, dangerous and inconsiderate of the safety and well being of others to drive with untreated apnea.
Best of luck to you crazychef in getting your apnea under control and getting mobile again!