VISION-CHALLENGED DRIVERS WILL SKATE ON EYE EXAMS

One of The Shad’s most feared groups on New England’s roadways is elderly and other vision-impaired drivers who can’t see well enough to navigate a vehicle properly. (This comes from a first-hand experience in which I was nearly mowed down in the parking lot of a Stop & Shop in Wethersfield by a senior who couldn’t see nor react to not being able to see.) And thanks to the new two-year state budget, such drivers will continue to be a menace on the roads.

A budget implementing bill spells out (sec. 27) the fact that Department of Motor Vehicles’ vision screening program, delayed for at least a decade, is completely eliminated . Not exactly “safety first.”

In this time of supposed fiscal frugality, the implementer shows (sec. 199) that there’s $810K set aside to develop a magnet school in East Hartford as well as a new college transition program to be established at Hillhouse School in New Haven (sec. 204/205).

Also in the implementer (sec. 34-36), those state workers that like the “old school” paper checks on pay day are out of luck All state employees and retirees will get their money only through direct deposit.

And finally, new state auditors Bob Ward and John Geragosian are losing their mileage reimbursement (sec. 19). Maybe we can give the auditors’ mileage reimbursement money to semi-blind drivers—to use for bus fare.