"I doubt cops will be heavily enforcing eye gear, but who cares."
Yeah, right. I live next door in VA and wouldn't you know it that the only two mornings where one of my headlights was acting up (i.e. did not come on, not a simple burnt out bulb, though) a cop pulled me over both times and since it was over 6 months apart, I only got warnings. Funny thing about that headlight was that it worked those evenings when I went home, I didn't change it the first time, which is why it happened later, changed it the second time it happened, though. In my current state I have driven past cops with a burnt out headlight and never been pulled over, even in my home state of NJ, not exactly a state that goes easy on folks with headlight malfunctions, I had never been pulled over. That is when I KNEW MD was nothing but a money grubbing state and you think some cop will give someone a break if they don't have protective eyewear on? Yeah, let me know how that works for you.