Make Illegal Tint a Secondary Offense in Utah
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Why is dark tint illegal?
Let me start by saying that I'm a person who completely agrees with enacting safety measures for our Police Officers. Whether you like them or not, their job is hard and extremely dangerous.
The main reason that dark tint on the front windows and windshield is illegal is that it puts Police Officers in a more dangerous situation because they cannot see inside the vehicle. I offer two points listed below:
- A Police Officer approaches a vehicle during a traffic stop from the rear of a vehicle, which there are no laws that regulate tint.
- If darker tint is illegal because it puts a Police Officer in a more dangerous situation, pulling someone over solely for the reason of having darker tint does not make sense.
A Fair, Compromised Solution
We petition the State of Utah to change it's laws regarding automobile tint as follows...
- Changing tint infractions to Secondary Offenses; you can no longer be pulled over just for having dark tint. The current limits still apply when being pulled over for other reasons.
- Changing tint infractions from Correctable Violations ("Fix-it tickets") to flat fines. When pulled over and given a tint ticket, you pay a fine. You are no longer required to remove the tint.
Benefits for Everyone
Most, if not all, Utah Residents know that our State gets HOT during the summer. Darker tint has many benefits for Residents. Some of those benefits include reduced interior heat, less interior sun damage, increased privacy, increased safety from glare, and even lower chances of skin cancer due to reduced absorption of UV rays. Studies have shown that US Drivers have more skin cancer on the left side of their faces and Australian Drivers have more skin cancer on the right side of their faces. (SkinCancer.org)
Changing the tint laws in the ways described above should also increase revenue from tint violations while reducing the time required when a tint violation is given out, as Police Officers or other Officials are no longer required to sign off on a Correctable Violation.
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