If you're going to carry around drugs, guns, and a bag of lock picks, don't tint your windows pure black.
A man was recently arrested during a traffic stop initiated due to his tinted car windows.
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A deputy was on patrol on Sunday, February 9, in Dover, Wisconsin, when he allegedly spotted an illegal side window tint on the vehicle of Paul J. Frank, 39. The deputy initiated a traffic stop to ticket Frank.
Another deputy arrived with a sheriff’s K-9 dog to search the vehicle, allegedly turning up a loaded handgun, an electric weapon, a black hooded sweatshirt that zips to cover the face, two vaporizers and a bag of marijuana hidden inside of a container for Clorox sanitizer wipes.
The deputies also reportedly found a variety of lock picks and shims, and Frank allegedly said that he picks locks as a hobby. Frank was charged with a felony count of possession of an electronic weapon and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis and carrying a concealed weapon.
A similar situation occurred on Thursday, Feb 4, near Cloverdale, California. Christopher Potter, 33, was stopped by a California Highway Patrol (CHP) K-9 unit for having illegally tinted windows on his truck, which was hauling a padlocked 15-foot trailer.
The CHP officer smelled marijuana while talking to Potter, and upon inspection of the trailer, large plastic bags holding 1,600 pounds of marijuana were found behind the rear trailer door. The marijuana was seized from Potter, who was arrested on suspicion of transportation of marijuana for sale.
Keep Your Windows Legal
Tinted windows are valued for aesthetic reasons in addition to improved privacy, vision and safety.
However, drivers must adhere to state tint laws that limit the darkness and reflectivity of tints on each window of a vehicle in order to ensure driver safety.
Drivers purchasing window tints have to consider both the legal limit in their states and the factory tint on their vehicles’ windows.
Legal tint percentages are measured in terms of net visible light transmission (VLT) and tint darkness. The higher the VLT, the more light passes through the glass. Most factory auto glass isn’t completely clear, and vehicles usually come factory-tinted. Drivers can choose to apply additional film tints to further decrease VLT.
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When layering tints, drivers should keep these factors in mind to avoid getting a ticket or failing inspection.