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New York Abandons Eye Exams For Driver's Licenses

Starting Wednesday, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles has a new policy that should scare every driver on the road: New drivers don't need to prove they can see.

Yes, you read that right. Anyone can self-certify that he has adequate vision before taking to the roads. No more looking at that pesky eye chart to make sure you can see at least 20 feet away. Nope. In New York -- and as Reuters reports, in six other states -- you just have to pinky-swear you can see before hopping behind the wheel.

New York used to require that people show up every 8 years at the DMV or at their doctor's office to take an eye exam. State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Ogdensburg), said she's opposed to the new regulations, because many people aren't aware of their deteriorating vision until they're forced to take a vision test. The move is simply a ploy by the cash-strapped state to boost driver license renewals online, she said.

"New York has made great progress in making our roads safer, including a determined effort to crack down on dangerous and distracted driving," said Senator Ritchie, referring to new laws against cell phone use, texting and aggressive driving.

Driver advocacy groups like AAA also oppose the new legislation.

"The most critical faculty for safety when driving is good vision," said AAA New York spokesman Robert Sinclair. "Because of illness, injury or the natural degradation of eyesight that takes place after age 40, it's important to have regular checkups to ensure good vision. With the new regulations, conceivably, a person could go decades without having their vision checked."

By forcing more folks online, the state doesn't have to share any money with the county clerk. When motorists go to their local DMV, the state gives the county about 12% of the $62.50 license renewal. When it's done online, the county gets zip.

License renewals vary from year to year, but last year there were about 2 million licenses renewed in New York state. If everyone in the state were to renew licenses online or through the mail, the state would keep $15 million in its coffers that would have otherwise gone to county governments.

State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala, who is responsible for the change, said New York State saw statistically no adverse effect on safety between 1993 and 2000, when the state temporarily lifted its eye exam requirements. Then, Gov. George Pataki pushed for the move as a money-saver, and he reinstated the exams in 2000 after pressure from doctors.
 

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I don't see a problem with this due to the technological advancements from the automotive industry. We now have cars that can parallel park themself. Cars that brake when to close to another car, cars that can be programed to travel from one destination to another.

All one needs to do is sit in the car…..the car will do the driving for you.
 

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They did this for one simple reason. Too many were being rejected for being blind. Look at the revenue thats gone! Besides, how else do you describe the Braille on the drive up ATMS?



Yes, I am serious!
 

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This is a blessing indeed!

Can't see worth a damn anymore and was afraid to fail the next renewal.

Get your kids out of the driveway...I'm comming home
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Wait until someone causes serious injury or death because they couldn't see. The lawyers will have a field day.
 

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its ok with the new mercredes technology beign offered cars will stop for you, speaking of the auto braking feature, and anti swerve alarm, i think itll reduce drunk driving accidents in 1/2, so drink up friends!

im from LI and work in NYC, this wont affect a damn thing its ad enough here.
 

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In NJ, when you first apply for your license (which could've been 50 years ago for some of yous), you stare at that eye chart. Once you pass the intial eye test, no more eye tests for you. At renewal time, you go down to the DMV office, show your credentials (6 points) that you are who you are and you get your new license.

Here in NJ, you can't renew your license on-line because you have to show your credentials.

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I don't see a problem with this due to the technological advancements from the automotive industry. We now have cars that can parallel park themself. Cars that brake when to close to another car, cars that can be programed to travel from one destination to another.

All one needs to do is sit in the car…..the car will do the driving for you.
Thats just stupid to think that! How many people have a NEW car? How about ALL the people with regular cars that you have to THINK to drive? We are slowly getting dumber and dumber by all this high tech crap!
 

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Shit last time I renewed which was this summer I had to take a eye test.... and with glasses I pass, which I wouldn't drive without because it would scare the shit out of me... but the guy next to me did the same "test" and as he tried to read the line the lady ignored him, which is good for him because I watched him get half of it wrong anyways.

That is just like when they do a "inspection" and all they do is scan the OB2 computer and your lights. I go thru all the time with a hacked computer and bald tires... it's a joke to make money.
 

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Shit last time I renewed which was this summer I had to take a eye test.... and with glasses I pass, which I wouldn't drive without because it would scare the shit out of me... but the guy next to me did the same "test" and as he tried to read the line the lady ignored him, which is good for him because I watched him get half of it wrong anyways.

That is just like when they do a "inspection" and all they do is scan the OB2 computer and your lights. I go thru all the time with a hacked computer and bald tires... it's a joke to make money.
I did that once with my LS1 firebird. Wide open exhaust, huge cam, and untuned running so rich the emission guy's eyes were watering. Passed with flying colors. :D Thanks HPTuners
 

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lmao! You've never been to NY. The old Jew broads are driving Mercedes. Any Town Car here is a beat up gypsy cab driven by a South American or Arab! lol
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Ny has some of the worst and now the makes it official !!

There are some winners down here in Florida...
 

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I have not been to the dmv in 25 years, and yes i have a licence.
 
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