Montesano: DMV Lacks Foresight With Elimination Of Vision Test

Applauds effort by Cuomo for further investigation
September 30, 2011

Assemblyman Michael A. Montesano (R,I,C-Glen Head) today applauded efforts by the governor’s office to further investigate the elimination Monday of the state Department of Motor Vehicle’s (DMV) vision-test requirement. The decision was rendered by the department in order to eliminate the eye-test requirement and allow people renewing a driver’s license to “self-certify” as to their vision quality. As of Friday, September 30, the governor’s office has placed this measure on hold until further medical investigation can be completed.

“To allow the DMV to eliminate the vision-test requirement for those renewing a driver’s license is nothing short of negligent,” said Montesano. “I applaud Governor Cuomo’s efforts to put this dangerous measure on hold until further medical investigation can verify the necessity of eye examinations. The safety of our motorists and pedestrians here in Long Island should not be jeopardized by the DMV’s ‘drive’ to cut lines at its locations. While I understand the need to make DMV offices more efficient and cost-effective, doing so in this manner would make roads throughout the Empire State much more dangerous.”

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