Reduce vehicle tinting laws in Ohio

Reduce vehicle tinting laws in Ohio

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There are many benefits to having professional tint installed on a vehicle. The tint helps to reduce UV exposure, heat, and gives the driver a sense of privacy, inside the vehicle. Currently by law in the state of Ohio, vehicles are only allowed to have 50% tint on the front windows. While this seems adequate enough for the climate in Ohio, the intensity of the sun in the summer is still enough to severely damage a car's interior over time.

This being said, the main reason for the current law is a concern for our authorities', especially police officers' safety while approaching stopped vehicles. With tint beyond 15% on the front windows, it becomes difficult to see through at night in order to see what is happening inside the car. This is crucial for police officers because it puts them in serious harm not knowing what might happen as the officer approaches the vehicle.

While there are concerns with the safety of authorities, having window tint creates many more benefits. Lower percent tint will protect a vehicle from UV rays, decrease the temperature dramatically, and gives a sense of privacy to the owner.

High quality tint can create a protective layer against harmful UV rays that will damage leather and the trim inside the car. Over time, the UV rays will cause all the materials inside the vehicle to fade and look very dated. For someone who pays a lot of money for their vehicle that they are proud of, this can ruin their experience and decrease the value of the car significantly. 

Next, car interior tempuratures during summer months in Ohio can climb close to 145 degrees. These temperatures can become extremely dangerous to car electronics and safety while driving. Many times while a car sits in the sun for hours, the steering wheel, interior door handles, seat belt, buckles, and even the car seat can become extremely hot to the touch. This leads to more distractions while driving because drivers are more worried about burning their hands than the road in front of them. Also, if the seat belts are too hot to touch many more people opt to not use them than if the seatbelts were cooler.

Lastly, privacy is a huge issue currently. A lot of break-ins occur because thieves can see into the car extremely easily and know what they are after before they break in. If vehicles could legally have heavier tint on the windows, then the vehicle crimes would be reduced due to improved privacy.

20% maximum tint is perfect for the front windows because most of the heat and UV rays are kept out, privacy is given, but it is still very possible to see in enough to know what is going on. The change to the law will help many people without putting others in harm's way.

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