March 15, 2014
West Virginians with severe but correctable vision problems have reached a milestone in their campaign to obtain restricted driver's licenses.
The House of Delegates passed legislation Wednesday that would offer licenses to residents who rely on special telescopic lenses on their eyeglasses.
The bill would require these residents to pass a range of testing and training requirements.
Such a program is already found in at least 39 other states. It was also tried on a pilot basis in West Virginia in the 1980s, and that effort was considered a model for the country.
The bill now goes to the Senate. Supporters of the concept say they hope the final product does not contain unnecessary or unreasonable hurdles for these residents.