Ask A COP: Are Tinted Windows Still Illegal?

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

Becky January 12, 2014 at 09:59 AM
I think it's also a safety issue for the officer. They like to see who is driving the car, and what they're doing during a traffic stop.
Such Troll January 16, 2014 at 03:46 PM
It's non of the cops business what I have in my car. If I'm not breaking the law they should have no right to invade my privacy. I think tinted windows makes the car look nice and so far hasn't affected my driving capabilities. It's just an excuse for the police to pull people over.
Becky January 16, 2014 at 07:26 PM
In addition to making your car look way cool, they also keep the interior way-cool, temperature-wise. I want them.
Jackie January 28, 2014 at 05:39 AM
I drive a Smart car,It's ALL windows.I need Tint to cut out the hot sun.
Such Troll January 28, 2014 at 06:23 PM
Have you seen the safety report for those "smart cars" you would have better luck in an accident if it had ejector seats.


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