Window Tinting Law Enforced in Georgia

Published: Jun. 1, 2005 at 11:15 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 1, 2005 at 11:24 PM EDT
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Officers use this device to detect tint levels.
Officers use this device to detect tint levels.

Are your car windows tinted? If so, you may end up paying a hefty fine. For years, darkly tinted windows were banned, but that law was struck down last June since it only applied to Georgia residents.

Not any more. Starting today Georgia law enforcement officers will begin enforcing window tinting limits on all cars, whether local, or passing through.

How dark is too dark? It all depends on how much light can pass through your windows. The lower the number, the higher the tint. Anyone driving through Georgia will soon know that all too well.

"It's a little annoying," said Mark Rodocker of Savannah, who got the tint removed from his car today. "It's frustrating. Not only am I paying to take it off but get it retinted for the legal limit. A lot of expense out of my pocket."

It is keeping shops like the Pro-Tint Shop very busy. They've been booked up a week in advance with drivers rushing to get dark tints removed from their windows.

Under the new law, any tinting that allows less than 32 percent of light into your car is illegal, and chances are you will get a ticket.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Leroy Perry, who learned firsthand today when police used a special device to check to see just how dark his tint was.

Savannah-Chatham police expect to give out a lot citations under this new law. "We see them all day, hundreds of them on the road," Officer Agnew said.

"I think they're going too far with this," said Perry.

This law actually went into effect a month ago, but police were allowing a one-month grace period. If you do have tinted windows below 32 percent you will end up paying a $124.

Reported by: Hena Daniels,