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Allow more leniency on window tinting laws in New York State

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New York State has one of the strictest laws in the country pertaining to vehicle window tinting. The benefits of window tint on vehicles seem to be tossed aside due to safety issues. Hitting pedestrians and police officer safety for example are the main arguments against having window tinting on a vehicle. However, when we look at much more lenient states (such as Texas) there is no evidence or proof that window tinting does any harm to pedestrians or police officers. New York State has gotten out of control with the laws that they enact, the taxes that we pay, and the lack of concern for the condition our state is in. 

The current law in New York State is as follows:

Tinted windows:
 
"Can I have tinted windows on my vehicle?

It depends. Section 375 (12-a) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a windshield or front side windows that are dark. The windshield and front side windows cannot block more than 30% of the light. Seventy percent or more of the light from the outside must pass through the window. This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides. The mirrors must give the driver a full and clear view behind the vehicle.

If the vehicle is classified as a station wagon, sedan, hardtop, coupe, hatchback or convertible, the rear side windows must also allow at least seventy percent of light from the outside to pass through the window.

It is illegal to sell, offer for sale, or install glass that does not comply with this law. It is illegal to operate a vehicle with glass that does not comply with this law.

If you have a medical condition that requires you to have tinted vehicle windows, you can request an exemption from the law. Request form MV-80W from a DMV Office or Call Center."

According to Skin Cancer Foundation nearly 53% of skin cancers in the United States occur on the left (or the driver's side) of the body (Driving is Linked to More Skin Cancers on the Left Side of the Body, 2010). This supports the theory that automobile drivers are exposed to more ultraviolet (UV) radiation on the left, through the driver's side window, and that ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation causes more damage than formerly believed (Driving is Linked to More Skin Cancers on the Left Side of the Body, 2010). 

Also, keep this bit of information in mind from the Skin Cancer Foundation:

"When researchers at the St. Louis University School of Medicine reviewed the medical charts of almost 900 skin cancer patients, both men and women had a greater propensity for left-sided skin cancers. However, the results were statistically significant only in men: 54 percent of all skin cancers and nearly 56 percent of head and neck skin cancers (areas that are “most directly exposed to UV rays while driving”) were located on the left in men. Why aren’t these numbers reflected in women? “The increase in left-sided skin cancers may be from the UV exposure we get when driving a car. It is likely that the older women in our study were primarily passengers rather than drivers, and therefore did not show a [significant] left-sided predominance,” explained Dr. Butler, now of the California Skin Institute in San Mateo.

In one particular kind of skin cancer, the distribution pattern was even more lopsided: 74 percent of all melanomas in situ (early, non-invasive melanomas that have not spread from their original tumor sites) were on the left. Invasive melanomas are the deadliest skin cancers, killing an estimated 8,650 people in the US every year. These findings were “perhaps the most striking,” said Dr. Butler. “This may suggest that chronic exposure to UVA over the years may play a role in melanoma development.”"

Please keep in mind that this bit of information is PUBLISHED on the New York State Department of Health's website:

"Tanning is a result of skin injury and damage. It is the response when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The skin produces extra pigment to protect itself against the UV radiation and this pigment makes the skin look darker. Exposure to UV radiation increases your health risks.

The purpose of the Tanning Facilities Program is to license (permit) and inspect commercial tanning facilities, as well as increase the public's knowledge of the hazards of indoor tanning, minimize user injuries and limit tanning access by minors."

This type of radiation is the exact type of radiation we are exposed to when we are in our vehicles. So New York State is admitting that UV rays are hazardous to our health; yet they do not want to protect us from these rays when we are driving.

We would like to see the in-depth research and credible statistics that prove that 70% of light transmission is absolutely necessary to make New York State "safer". Is there no alternative? When a police officer pulls someone over, could they wait until the windows are rolled down before approaching the vehicle? In order to keep them "safer"? Will pedestrians miraculously not be hit by a car if there is no window tint? 

I have personally lived in Texas (for six years) and Arizona (for three year) without incident; or even hearing of an incident pertaining to window tinting "dangers". This law is just another way to drive more revenue into an already overtaxed state. 

Please provide us with hard evidence and all the research that has been conducted that supports the bill that is sitting on Governor Cuomo's desk. Tell us how we will be protected from lack of window tint? Sounds ridicilous doesn't it? 

Please sign this petition. Enough is enough already. Worry about problems that actually matter and stop supporting laws that are completely asinine. 

The reports of UV Rays from New York State contradict each other. Let's start making sense. Sign the petition. 



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