Troopers Busy Writing Window-Tint Tickets - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

06/02/05

Troopers Busy Writing Window-Tint Tickets

We've been flooded with calls about the window tinting law that is now being enforced in Georgia. If your car window tint is too dark, you could get a ticket. But how will that affect out-of-state drivers just driving through the Peach State?

We spent the morning with the Georgia State Patrol to find out how are they going to enforce this law on all drivers. GSP says it's actually very easy, and today alone the troopers we spoke with issued more than 15 tickets.

The summer is usually a very busy time for state patrol officers, but this week they just got a whole lot busier.

Starting yesterday, they began enforcing the window tint law. "Within the last half hour, we've issued five window tint citations," said Trooper W. Fisher.

With a special device police, will be able to tell just how dark your tint is, and if it's less than 32 percent, you can expect to pay up.

That's exactly what driver Trevor Jackson of Savannah found out firsthand today. "I didn't have a clue," he said. "I knew I wasn't speeding. I didn't know what was going on."

But what happens if you are an out-of-state driver crossing this border line into Georgia. Police say you're getting a ticket.

"When someone is traveling through this state, they need to know what the gun laws are. Well, they also need to know what the traffic laws are," said Trooper Fisher.

That's not welcome news for Edith O'Neal and her husband who drive through Georgia more than a dozen times a year and whose windows are definitely darker than the Georgia legal limit, but comply with Florida laws.

"We stop for motels and restaurants. But if you have a law that will give us a fine, we wont make these stops in Georgia," said O'Neal.

"I think it should be posted so we're aware of it, just like buckle up your seatbelt," said George Eckert of South Carolina.

And with so many violators on roads, troopers will be busy. "As many as we want," said Trooper Fisher. "Window tints are everywhere."

The troopers with us today told us enforcing the new law will definitely mean they'll be writing more tickets, especially since they can now pull people over just for dark tint.

If you aren't sure how dark your tint is, you can go to any local police station and they will be happy to tell you. Anything that may help you avoid a fine that can be up to $1,000.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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