McKevitt Criticizes Elimination Of DMV Eye Test

DMV decision will make roadways less safe, says McKevitt
September 30, 2011
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt (R,I,C-East Meadow) today spoke out against a decision by the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to eliminate its vision-test requirement when renewing a driver’s license. According to the measure, which took effect Wednesday, those renewing a license would be allowed to “self-certify” online as to the level of their vision in lieu of an in-person eye examination. McKevitt noted the increased dangers on the roadways due to such a decision.

“The Department of Motor Vehicles has chosen to make roadways less safe for both motorist and pedestrians,” said McKevitt. “I applaud the decision by Governor Cuomo to put a halt to this dangerous measure until a further review can be undertaken. The vision test requirement not only kept those with poor vision from the road, but also alerted some to the fact that they might have eye disease. I am glad to see that the DMV has been stopped, however temporarily, from allowing people to ‘self-certify’ that they have passed an eye exam.”

For those interested in more information on this or any other state matter, they may reach Assemblyman McKevitt at his district office at 516-739-5119 or via email at mckevit@assembly.state.ny.us.