by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - A good driver communicates well with other drivers on the road, but if your car windows are too dark, you may be risking your life and others behind the wheel.
"Vehicles with tinted windows makes it harder to see especially in the night time. Cars, pedestrians, and other objects at night, especially through the side windows," Lt. Brian Bogart, with the Midland Police Department, said.
The current law requires at least 25% visible light to pass through the driver and passenger windows. "Most people put darker in the back to preserve the cooler air, so you don't use so much energy with the AC," Javier Oaxaca of Tint Man, said.
If lawmakers get their way, the new law would require every window to have a 35% transparency; anything less and you could get pulled over.
"If they pull you over for something else, they can check that too, we actually have some meters that can check that. Slide down over the window and give the amount of light that goes through the window," Lt. Bogart said.
Police officials are not only pushing for the new law for drivers' safety, but for law enforcement as well. "If we stop a car, it's hard to see how many people are in there or if they have weapons in their hands, we're basically walking up to a car blind," Lt. Bogart said.
If the law passes, what happens to drivers that already have the darker tint?
"We either give them a citation or a warning if they see them again, then we'll give them a ticket," Lt. Bogart said.