Senate approves bill banning window tinting

Posted: Thursday, April 16, 2009

JUNEAU - The state Senate has passed a bill outlawing the installation of illegal window tinting on cars and trucks.

Sen. Hollis French said it already is illegal to drive with tint that blocks more than 30 percent of light transmission on the driver and front passenger side windows. Back seat and rear window tinting can block no more than 60 percent of transmitted light.

The penalty for installing illegal tint would be a citation, same as a driving violation.

French, an Anchorage Democrat, said tinted windows can block a driver's view. The bill was requested by a neighborhood association concerned about drug dealers and people casing homes.

French said Anchorage police gave more than 1,200 citations for illegal tint in 2006. The measure now moves to the House.

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