Insurers Commend Governor McMaster for Signing Vision Bill

COLUMBIA, SC-The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) today issued the following statement attributed to its regional manager Nancy Egan in support of House Bill 4672, requiring vision testing upon obtaining an initial driver’s license and upon license renewal.

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

“It is important that we all try to do everything we can to improve roadway safety. As a result, we support strengthening auto safety laws like this one, reinstituting vision testing is a simple fix and could potentially prevent a crash or save a life.

“If this new law saves one life, it will be worth it.”

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