By: KDKA-TV News Staff

HARRISBURG (KDKA) – The state is launching a new driver’s license program that expands eligibility for people who are visually impaired.

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PennDOT says the law was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in December and took effect last week. It establishes a program for people to use bioptic telescope lenses that can help them meet standards to get a learner’s permit followed by a license.

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“This law makes significant changes that will ultimately increase many of our residents’ independence and enhance their quality of life,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said in a news release.

The bioptic telescope lenses are used in at least 46 other states, PennDOT says, and are designed to help certain people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get a license meet visual acuity standards.

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They’re allowed to only drive during the day, aren’t allowed to use freeways and have to drive passenger vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or less.