Why is Window Tinting Legal?


Can you imagine the danger a police officer feels when approaching a car with darkly tinted windows, knowing that their may be a gun pointed at them from behind the dark glass?

Whether it’s celebrities seeking privacy or a teen trying to stand out in a crowd, dark windows remain a coveted part of New Jersey’s car culture that often keeps local police on edge. Officers like the kind of certainty that comes when they can actually see the features of the operator behind the glass, a concern heightened by police shootings across the nation.

“Unless you can look inside, you don’t know what you’re getting into with each stop,” explained Tim Franco, head of the New Jersey Police Traffic Officers Association.

Officers in several police departments concede they generally don’t enforce the law for lightly tinted, factory-installed windows. Nevertheless, summonses — usually for privately installed tinting — rose 15 percent, from nearly 46,000 in 2007 to almost 54,000 in 2016, according to the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts.

So, why are these do it yourself window tinting kits legal?