Some drivers dispute police over window tinting - WSMV Channel 4

Some drivers dispute police over window tinting

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A push to police people's car window tints is causing some concern. Some drivers say they were cited because officers told them their windows were too dark.

But the windows came straight from car dealerships, and experts are saying they are OK.

Terrell Perry works for a big bank in Cool Springs. He was recently on his way from work to the gym when a police officer pulled him over. Perry says the officer told him he was doing "an exercise" and needed to test Perry's car window tint.

"The tint is legit. It's legal," Perry said.

According to state law, drivers are allowed to alter factory installed windows and limit light up to 35 percent. Anything below that is against the law.

"I questioned them and said 'you can see me.' Those windows are so light," Perry said.

Tint experts we talked to say factory windows often come already slightly tinted, and car owners can add extra tint, as long as it doesn't go above 35 percent.

Franklin police don't take into account the standard tint applied at the factory and test the total tint on the window.

That's why Metro police officers say they only write tint citations if car windows are in clear violation.

Another issue arises when Franklin police use their own window tint meters instead of state-issued window tint comparison cards.

"I took it to a manufacturer to have the tint taken off and replaced, and what he told me was that the tint that I have is state law. It's 35 percent," Perry said.

Franklin police say they maintain and test their window tint meters regularly. They say every traffic officer can conduct window tint tests, but they have no organized operation in place.

A department spokesman also said he will not address Perry's window issue specifically on camera, because it is now up to a judge to decide.

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