Closer than you think
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Central Wisconsin
The idea is officer safety - they don't want to walk up to a car without being able to clearly see the occupants. My Elise is at around 10%, and I just make sure to put the windows down when they walk up. So far, only one ticket and he was just made he couldn't get a reading on me in time, so he just wanted to get something.
While I understand this rationale, I've always thought it somewhat odd. I know that driving a car is considered a privilege, and not a right, but demanding to see who's inside while not being stopped for probable cause just kind of rubs. After all, many other vehicle characteristics can make it difficult to see clearly inside as well. Should we outlaw panel vans too?
Maybe a better law would say that cars with dark tint are required to roll down their windows immediately whenever being questioned by police.
Its a little like outlawing baggy clothes because it makes it easier to conceal a weapon...
2005 BRP Elise Sport, Hardtop, Stage 2 Exhaust, CF side scoops, CF splitter, Composite Worx seats, gunmetal stripes