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Ask A Cop: Are Tinted Windows Still Illegal?

And if so, why do I still see so many cars with dark tint?

An example of front window tint that would be illegal in California. Courtesy Flickr user J. Chris Vaughan. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpychris/2803842566
An example of front window tint that would be illegal in California. Courtesy Flickr user J. Chris Vaughan. Licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/grumpychris/2803842566

By Brad Kava

Question From a Patch Reader: 

What about all these blackened car windows?! They seems so unsafe. You can't see the drivers and can't see if they see you! Aren't they illegal? If so why isn't the law being enforced? Thanks.

Answer from CHP Spokesman Bradley Sadek:

We write so many tint or obstructed window tickets. The problem is people keep putting tint on! Any tint on the windows directly to the left and right of the driver is illegal. It is a major safety concern because it basically turns your windows into a big pair of sunglasses which you can't take off at night. It makes it very difficult to perceive vehicles and objects adjacent to your vehicle.

Send your questions for local law enforcement officers to Brad.Kava@Patch.com.

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