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We were talking about vision and driving and my wife pointed out that they no longer seem to test for color vision. Once she mentioned it I realized that yes, it's been quite awhile.
Any ideas why they stopped? I'm assuming they just decided there wasn't any reason for it.

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Bob_Church

We were talking about vision and driving and my wife pointed out that they no longer seem to test for color vision. Once she mentioned it I realized that yes, it's been quite awhile.
Any ideas why they stopped? I'm assuming they just decided there wasn't any reason for it.



I hope there's not going to be any issues... like say if you're color-blind, and you're driving in an area using traffic lights that are oriented differently than you're used to, like horizontally... how do you know if it's red or green? It's been a while since I've seen lights like those.
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***We were talking about vision and driving and my wife pointed out that they no longer seem to test for color vision. Once she mentioned it I realized that yes, it's been quite awhile.
Any ideas why they stopped? I'm assuming they just decided there wasn't any reason for it.



I hope there's not going to be any issues... like say if you're color-blind, and you're driving in an area using traffic lights that are oriented differently than you're used to, like horizontally... how do you know if it's red or green? It's been a while since I've seen lights like those.

In the US, they should be R-Y-G, left to right. In general, red should be closest to opposing traffic, so the order would be reversed in left-side driving countries. I had to look it up, but it's probably common knowledge among color-blind drivers.
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Bob_Church

We were talking about vision and driving and my wife pointed out that they no longer seem to test for color vision. Once she mentioned it I realized that yes, it's been quite awhile.
Any ideas why they stopped? I'm assuming they just decided there wasn't any reason for it.



My dad was color blind, and I don't ever remember him mentioning CA testing him for it. I don't ever remember being tested myself in the 70s and 80s (just as an aside, I have "perfect pitch" for color; ironic dontcha think?). :D

My son is blind in one eye, and MD only asks for a dr. sign off, and you need two side-view mirrors (as if cars come any other way in the last 40 years. :P
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I am color blind to a slight degree in the hues of green and red. The most common among males. Trafic lights have never been an issue.. I am a millwright and do every type of mechanical and electrical type of repair using the electrical color code and don't have any issues.
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My wife just renewed her license in WI Monday. No check for color vision.

Oops. CDL not regular gets it.
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Bob_Church

We were talking about vision and driving and my wife pointed out that they no longer seem to test for color vision. Once she mentioned it I realized that yes, it's been quite awhile.
Any ideas why they stopped? I'm assuming they just decided there wasn't any reason for it.

D/L? What's that? Haven't had one since 87. Screw the gov't. Just drive carefully. :)
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If you are colorblind you know "this" color means stop and "this" color means go. At some point in time; somebody pointed to a color and told you it was red (or green). From then on; you associate the color you saw and were told what it was; with the color you see.

It only becomes imperative in situations like; wiring, boom things, etc.
Nobody has time to listen; because they're desperately chasing the need of being heard.

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BIGUN

If you are colorblind you know "this" color means stop and "this" color means go. At some point in time; somebody pointed to a color and told you it was red (or green). From then on; you associate the color you saw and were told what it was; with the color you see.

It only becomes imperative in situations like; wiring, boom things, etc.



It used to be the kiss of death if you wanted to work at Bell Telephone. I remember when they came out with some combination of lenses that allowed color blind people to work there.
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Dl. What's that? Lost mine over 30 yrs ago and said fuck em. Got pulled for speeding a few yrs ago. Cop said I have a perfect driving record and let me go w/ a ticket . Judge said " If you have no license why are you speeding?" $1000 case closed. :P
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$1000 case closed. :P



Which costs 10x more than just having had a drivers license the entire time... Plus, there are consequences far greater than $1000 if you get into a crash without a license. Your insurance company is not likely to pay out in any claim resulting in you driving without a license and if someone gets injured in a car crash, even if it's not your fault, and you're not licensed and your insurance company wont pay, $1000 is going to be pocket change compared to what you'll face if they decide to sue you.

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BIGUN

If you are colorblind you know "this" color means stop and "this" color means go. At some point in time; somebody pointed to a color and told you it was red (or green). From then on; you associate the color you saw and were told what it was; with the color you see.

It only becomes imperative in situations like; wiring, boom things, etc.



I remember being tested for it when I first got my drivers license in Ohio in the early 70s. Now I have to wonder if it had anything to do with driving. If you were studying color blindness it would be a good way to find out how much is out there. They could do stuff like that back then without someone stopping it with a lawsuit.

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***$1000 case closed. :P



Which costs 10x more than just having had a drivers license the entire time... Plus, there are consequences far greater than $1000 if you get into a crash without a license. Your insurance company is not likely to pay out in any claim resulting in you driving without a license and if someone gets injured in a car crash, even if it's not your fault, and you're not licensed and your insurance company wont pay, $1000 is going to be pocket change compared to what you'll face if they decide to sue you.

I was under the impression- no license = no insurance?
Nobody has time to listen; because they're desperately chasing the need of being heard.

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