NY DMV To Stop Applying Vision Tests: This Will End Well

September 28, 2011

We always applaud removing red tape. Regardless of your political orientation, everybody hates having to sit in a line to go to another line to fill out a form to get a form in the mail. It stinks, and cutting it down is a good thing to do.

But there are times when bureaucracy is a good thing. Like, oh, making sure people can actually see three feet in front of their face before giving them a driver's license. Apparently, the fine state of New York disagrees.

Under new rules just announced, instead of going to a place with a trained professional to check your eyes, instead you'll simply “self-certify” that you can see well enough to drive. We're assuming they're going on the “if you can read this message, you can drive” standard that's so popular in places with high accident tallies.

New York state claimed that they didn't require a vision test between 1993 and 2000 and that after implementing the test, there was no appreciable change in traffic accidents. Personally we think that says more about the behavior of drivers in New York than it does about the vision test, but hey, it's up to them. We're just going to be taking the train into New York City from now on.

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