Tinted windows become focus of Greensboro police

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Some Greensboro police officers will be focused on spotting vehicles with window tint violations this weekend.

According to a news release, specialized traffic units will be conducting both stationary and mobile checkpoints as part of a new police initiative to identify vehicles not in compliance with state regulations concerning tinted windows.  The initiative will be part of the department's focus until next Friday, Feb. 24.

Window tenting becomes illegal in North Carolina when front or side-windows when more than 35 percent of outside light is being blocked.

Officers use calibrated light spectrophotometers to measure how much light is being let through a window.

Police said the officers taking part in the initiative will be in all types of patrol vehicles, from marked to unmarked cars and SUVs to motorcycles.

Tony Taylor with DeDona Tint and Sound in Greensboro said the department's initiative may be confusing to some interstate drivers.

“You can buy a car that has tint on it, and you were unaware of it.  You could buy a car from out of state, and out of state have different laws than what we have here in North Carolina,” Taylor said.

Those who are not sure about whether or not their tints are legal can either seek a standard emissions and safety inspection or visit a local dealership, most of which have light meters.

Greensboro police issued 133 citations for tinting violations in 2011 and said darkened windows were contributing factors in 42 wrecks.  A citation can cost up to $290 in fines and related court fees.

The state’s window tinting law also prohibits red, yellow and amber-colored tints.