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How dark is too dark for auto window tinting

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - When you step outside you are greeted by the heat and humidity. When you open the door to your vehicle, the heat can take your breath away. But tinting your windows can help to some degree.

Rodney Horne, owner of Union Glass said, "It blocks some sunlight, but the black film actually heats up. If the vehicle is not running it's actually going to be just as hot."

Horne said the black film absorbs the sun's radiation instead of reflecting it. However, it does keep the car somewhat cooler, especially once the air conditioner has been running. But there are different types of film available.

"If your film has any reflection to it, the reflection will reflect a lot of heat. It stops the solar absorption through the glass," said Horne.

If you get pulled over by the police and you have tinted windows, how do they know whether your tinting is legal or not?

Jonesboro Police Sergeant Steve McDaniel said, "It's pretty apparent to a police officer when a car window is heavily tinted. So it will catch their attention."

McDaniel said a police officer can't tell what the exact light transmission is, but they have a tool that can.

He said, "What we have are some devices that we can actually slide down over the window that measure the light transmission."

According to McDaniel, all 50 states have some sort of tint law in place. What does the Arkansas law say?

"You must have at least 25% light transmission on the side windows of the vehicle. Now on the rear-most window of the car, you must have at least 10% light transmission," said McDaniel.

The law also states that you may have a strip of tinting on your front windshield, but it can't extend more than five inches from the top center of the windshield. 

McDaniel said tinting laws are in place for a reason.

He said, "It's a big safety issue for a police officer to be able to walk up to a vehicle and be able to see in and see what's going on inside the vehicle."

If your window is tinted beyond the legal limit, McDaniel said you would receive a citation and have to go to court.

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