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Illegal vehicle window tint can cost you a ticket

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Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott tests the legality of the tint on a vehicle on Tuesday, March 11. (FOX5) Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott tests the legality of the tint on a vehicle on Tuesday, March 11. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Summer is right around the corner, and aside from air conditioning, nothing keeps your vehicle cooler than tinted windows.

What you might not know is that a splurge at a dealership or one of the Valley's countless window-tinting businesses could cost you a ticket.

If your windows are too dark, you can be cited.

Auto shops say there are about six shades from which you may choose, from nearly transparent to extremely dark. If someone can barely see into your vehicle, your windows may be darker than the law allows.

"It does make it more difficult for us to see a distracted driving violation such as texting and driving or using a cell phone. When we approach a vehicle, we like to see what's going on inside that vehicle," said the Nevada Highway Patrol's Trooper Jeremie Elliott.

Elliott said drivers are allowed to have tinting that lets 35 percent of light in, plus or minus seven percent. Officers and troopers use a measuring device to make sure windows aren't too dark.

The tool sends a laser through the tint, measuring the percentage of light transferred through the glass.

"I'm not a fan of dark film, and I hate not being able to see out of cars as clearly as possible," said Frank Friedlander with Las Vegas Window Tinting.

Friedlander said he's had customers come in who had been ticketed for illegal window tints.

"When they come in, we show them the different levels, and we show them the darkest legal film," he said.

Friedlander said a lot of tinting services and auto shops allow customers to select tints that exceed legal limits, so drivers may need to do their own research.

"The manufacturers state what their light transmission is, and they're certified by a third party," Friedlander said.

Because police don't regulate what auto shops and tinting services sell, Elliott said it's up to drivers to make sure they're following the law.

"Don't rely on just someone's word because all they want is your money. They're not going to pay the ticket after you leave the shop," he said.

Nevada's tinting restrictions are lenient compared with those in other states. Elliott said that in Nevada, you are allowed have your rear and back passenger windows as dark as you like. It's the front window and front side windows police are looking at.

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