Film as Accomplice
April 09, 2009
It's an unfortunate fact that the words "illegal window tint"
appear in a large number of police reports nationwide. Polling daily news
reports from around the country will provide an exhausting number of incidents.
Illegal tint is so closely associated with "suspicious vehicles,"
that officers frequently admit it is one of their number one tools for
identifying potential criminals.
Here's a condensed list of what has surfaced in recent days:
Zanesville, Ohio-When Lesta McCoy was pulled recently for a window
film violation, the event ended in charges for driving under suspension,
window tint, $325 in charges and 30 days in jail with 20 days suspended
Niagara Falls, N.Y.-Daniel Talles, 22, of Tonawanda, was
charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle
without a license. Police stopped Talles for a window tint violation when
they found he had no license. Upon a search a green vegetable like substance
was found, which field tested positive for marijuana
Ala.-The Eufaula Police Department reported 66 traffic arrests between
Thursday and Monday mornings, seven of which were for illegal window tint
Oak Ridge, Tenn.-A traffic stop for illegal tint led to
the seizure of two stolen handguns and charges against a local teen. When
Oak Ridge Police Department Officer Ray Steakley stopped a 1978 Chevrolet
after noting its darkly tinted windows, a K9 alerted on the vehicle. In
the unlocked glove compartment, Steakley found a fully loaded Jennings
9mm semi-automatic pistol, which had previously had been reported stolen.
A second pistol, a loaded Smith and Wesson .22-caliber semi-automatic,
was found in the engine compartment of the vehicle, which also had been
And the list goes on