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Tinted Windows in the Peach State

Georgia may now be the only state in the country that does not have laws regulating tinted windows in vehicles. A law was in place for years that made it illegal to reduce light transmission in car windows to less than 32 percent, but now the state Supreme Court has overturned that ruling.

The law was brought before the Supreme Court by a woman who was stopped in Cobb County for dark windows. Her complaint is only Georgia residents and not out-of-state motorists could be fined for tinted windows in the Peach State.

When making a traffic stop, law enforcement officers say they feel safer when they can see what they're getting themselves into.

CAPT Mark Scott with the Thomasville Police Department says, "When people have windows that are tinted so dark you can't see inside of the vehicle, an officer walking up to that vehicle doesn't know if the people are armed. You can't see anything."

Until Monday, a law was in place in the Peach State making windows tinted less than 32 percent illegal.

Lawmakers in Atlanta threw out Georgia's tint law because they say it was discriminatory. Only residents of Georgia and not motorists from other states driving through could be punished under it.

"I'm happy they threw it out because with having my windows tinted it makes my car cooler, and some people might think it's a hazard of not being able to see out of your windows, but I don't think it is," says Janie Owens.

Some motorists say it's an issue that should be left up to a car's owner, but authorities here say they're hoping the state Supreme Court will reconsider.

Up until Monday, the law carried misdemeanor penalties for anyone stopped with windows that were too dark.

Lawmakers have not yet seen any motions to bring the law back, but police in this area say they hope the danger of not regulating tinted windows will make them change their minds.


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