Behka and I both noticed a huge spike in citations issued for “illegal window tinting” in the daily Sedalia Police reports last Wednesday.

In Monday's reports, I counted 11 such citations that were issued.

Behka has since written her own story on it, while out of curiosity, I asked SPD Chief David Woolery for his comments on the reason for the sharp increase all of a sudden, and was pleased to receive a speedy response.

“There has been a noticeable increase in vehicles with tinted windshields that are operating on our roadways.  This is a problem that the Sedalia Police Department wants to address and raise awareness of.  We are committed to maintaining safe roadways for all, including our vulnerable road users such as pedestrians walking on the roadways and bicyclists.  It is our belief that tinted windshields directly affect the safety of our motoring and pedestrian traffic.

"Missouri law states that all tint on the front windshield is prohibited unless factory-installed and above the “AS1” line.  That is essentially the “eyebrows” at the top of the front windshield.  This tinting is applied by the manufacturer and above the AS1 line.

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"Windows located to the left and right of the driver shall not be tinted darker than to allow 35% (plus or minus 3%) transmission of light through the window unless a permit is obtained under physician direction  relating to a medical condition that exists with the driver.

"So front windshields cannot be tinted at all and front side windows should not be less than 32% at the most.  The lower the tinting percentage, the harder it is to see out the window.  While enforcing this state statute, we found drivers that had their front windshield tinted and side windows down to single-digit readings.  This tinting can directly affect what the driver can see in front or beside them while driving their car.

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"We have window tint meters that test how much light can enter through a window.  That will give us an accurate reading on window tint.  We are striving to raise awareness of the safety concerns on excessive window tinting and curb that behavior making safer roadways in our community.

"Window tint percentages does vary from state to state and businesses who apply window tinting should know the legal level in their state.  If anyone has questions about window tinting they can contact our Traffic Unit.  During the day that is Corporal A.J. Silvey and at night Ofc. Kyle Schmitt,” Chief Wollery said.

According to Grand View Research, “the global automotive tinting film market size was valued at USD 6.65 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to progress at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.4% from 2023 to 2030. The industry is anticipated to be driven by the growing automotive industry globally, particularly in the developing nations of the Asia Pacific, Central America, and South America regions.

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“Consumer propensity for protection of expensive luxury car interiors and personal safety from harmful sun rays are some of the factors that are expected to drive the market over the forecast period. Demand for passenger cars in developing countries has increased on account of rising disposable income, growing working population, and rapid urbanization, which will drive the market further.”

The story goes on to note that “the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on the global industry in 2020. Due to the government-imposed shutdown to stop the spread of the virus, vehicle facilities were temporarily shut down. Some plastic feedstock manufacturing has been substantially cut, which has had a significant influence on the global industry. Tinting laws in different countries are expected to negatively impact market growth. Some countries, such as the U.S., have exemptions if passengers or drivers suffer from certain medical conditions, such as sunlight allergies, lupus, photosensitivity, or melanoma. The window tinting ban in India is expected to have a negative impact on regional market growth.”

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In addition, “the North America region dominated the global industry in 2022 and accounted for the largest share of more than 33.50% of the overall revenue. The region is projected to expand further at a steady CAGR retaining its leading position throughout the forecast period. This is due to the high demand for light commercial and passenger vehicles in the U.S. The market is also expected to grow due to minimum regulations regarding the Visible Light Transmission (VLT) percentage of tint films. North America’s economic recovery has resulted in increased consumer spending on passenger cars and LCVs.”

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If you are a do-it-yourselfer, you can purchase a 100-foot roll of 20-inch ceramic window tinting film online for about $170. Roll sizes vary as does the percentage of tinting, with a half dozen choices ranging from five percent to 75 percent.

So if you have tinted windows and get stopped by police for a traffic violation, expect the officer to check your window tinting percentage as a routine procedure.

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