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County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo: Cuomo Right to Shelve State DMV Decision to Eliminate Vision Testing

Tue, Oct 04 2011

Rochester – Monroe County Clerk Cheryl Dinolfo released the following statement in response to reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo has put on hold the State DMV’s administrative decision to eliminate vision testing for all driver license renewals in New York.

“I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for weighing in on this very important issue and for his decision to have the State DMV pull back their plan to eliminate eye tests. My fellow Clerks and I, as well as members of the medical community and law enforcement expressed our grave concerns about the impact eliminating eye tests would have on motor vehicle and pedestrian safety.

It is my sincere hope that if this issue is to be revisited that County Clerks, eye care professionals and law enforcement will have a seat at the table to have their concerns heard and have direct involvement in any future decisions. Public safety must be the top priority and that has been made perfectly clear from the immediate feedback and public outcry.

My fellow County Clerks and I pride ourselves on using technology to enhance customer service; however, effectively asking the public to choose technology over public safety presents a false choice. We should not, nor do we need to, put one above the other when we can have both. Clerks can work with the State DMV to find ways to use technology to improve customer service without sacrificing the safety of the people in our communities.”

On Wednesday, September 28th, the same day the elimination of vision testing was to take place, County Clerk Dinolfo, clerks from the Finger Lakes Region, eye care professionals and law enforcement held a press conference calling on the State DMV Commissioner to immediately reverse the decision to eliminate the vision testing procedure to ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians throughout New York State.