Monday, March 26, 2012
Pain In The Ass - But a Great Idea
Well, New York has a much better system - although it is a pain in the ass for those of us that need glasses. When you get your license renewed, and you need corrective lenses, you MUST go to a optometrist and have your eyes rechecked! That would have stopped Zela (and thousands of other California drivers) before they hurt someone.
Zela was lucky in that her last accident only totaled a couple of cars. No one was hurt. That old geezer in Santa Monica ran over 14 people and killed 2 - and his family had also tried to take away his license.
FYI, Doctors in California are worthless in this regard. We spoke to the DMV, who said we had to talk to a Doctor and then to the Doctor who said he wouldn't tell Zela what to do because of liability. FYI - it sucks when the entire state makes decisions based on who gets sued. Apparently, old people will sue a Doctor who tries to claim they can't drive, more often that than the people who are hit and incapacitated by those drivers sue the Doctors.
I like that New York takes it out of the Doctors and Drivers hands completely. Go get an eye test. The optometrist did say that they aren't allowed to take peripheral vision into account (so even if you have tunnel vision - if it is correctable to 20/30 in the center - you can drive) - but it's better than nothing.