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DMV Ditches Eye Exam Requirement for Drivers - [Poll]

Drivers in New York no longer required to pass vision test to renew license.

As if the open roads weren't already a danger zone full of distracted drivers who text, eat and even apply make-up while behind the wheel, now New Yorkers can add seeing-impaired motorists to the list of hazards.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is no longer requiring drivers to take an eye exam in order to renew their licenses, Newsday reported Friday.

Under the new rule, which took effect Wednesday, drivers can "self-certify" that they have atleast 20/40 vision. Its goal is to streamline services offered at the DMV and cut down on lines, but traffic-safety advocates, doctors and politicians oppose the change.

What do you think? Vote in our poll or leave a comment below.

Barbara Borack September 30, 2011 at 02:58 PM
bobbyb I just renude my licence and I had to take an eye test. I took my test the day of the earth quake won't forget that., but I think at least they should take the test after a surtent age it's a must. I'm 74 and have seen some of these old people driving. It's a killer, just drive down Long Beach Rd. it's a joke.
Holbrook Resident September 30, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Bad idea. I believe drivers should have certification from their eye doctors. It might save lives and would cut down work for DMV. A DMV rep failed an elderly man on his eye exam (bless her heart) because he couldn't read the chart from CLOSER than required. The couple walked out in a huff but that day I knew someone in DMV did the right thing. Now when people mow down motorcyclists is the DMV to blame for licensing vision impaired drivers?? I say yes.
Michael C. Savino September 30, 2011 at 07:29 PM
Eye tests yes! And maybe retest everyone's driving skills/knowledge every so-many years.

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