New York Nixes Eye Test Requirement For Driver License Renewals


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Would it bother you if the driver next to you couldn't pass an eye exam?

Would you want to drive next to someone who may not see correctly? How about cross the street with your child just as someone who can’t see the street light is riding down the block?

As one of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s many ideas for streamlining by state agencies, he is calling for New York to drop its requirement for vision tests. He believes this will make it easier for drivers to renew licenses online or by mail.

NBC reports:

“Starting Wednesday, drivers will “self-certify” that they meet the vision requirement when they renew. New licenses and commercial licenses will still require eye tests at a DMV office or by a doctor. Fiala said vision testing wasn’t required in New York from 1993-2000.”

Seem strange? It did to me, but apparently, six other states do not require eye tests for renewals. You might think that it may be even more important to require eye exams for renewals since as drivers’ age, their vision might naturally worsen. Then again, there are loads of irresponsible drivers out there who drink, take drugs, etc… and laws don’t seem to help them.

What do you think? Is it irresponsible to drop eye exams from the driver license renewal process? Or do you think it doesn’t make a difference because responsible drivers will be responsible and vice versa, irrespective of requirements?

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