Did you know that South Carolina drivers who renew their licenses are no longer required to take a DMV eye-exam?

Last year, the South Carolina DMV streamlined the driver’s license process and eliminated the vision test. While this may save time, the thought of hundreds of people behind the wheel who may have trouble seeing is no doubt a hazard.

Even with new technologies making today’s cars dramatically safer for drivers and passengers, we continue to see some of the largest increases in crashes and fatalities, including here in South Carolina. Preliminary reports from the National Safety Council show that motor vehicle deaths nationwide surpassed 40,000 for the second consecutive year in 2017.

It is important that we do everything we can to improve road safety. We encourage lawmakers to support auto safety laws to protect their constituents. Reinstituting vision testing is a simple fix and could potentially prevent a crash or save a life.

Nancy Egan

State Government Relations Counsel

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America

Deer Ridge Drive

Baltimore, MD