Businesses across the country can be affected by auto tint laws, but the first step is understanding them. Last month the International Window Film Association (IWFA) hosted a webinar explaining the differences between different types of laws and how they impact the industry.
Darrell Smith, IWFA executive director, began the webinar by going over the current federal laws on window tinting. The current federal law states 70 percent of light must be transmitted through all glass used in vehicle windows. But after years of states battling window tint laws on both a federal and state level, there are still lingering safety concerns.
Smith spoke about window film use enforcement based on those who oppose window tinting. The current new issues cited with decreasing the visibility of vehicle windows are:
- A lack of driver eye-to-eye communication;
- Lack of driver-side pedestrian and cyclist visibility;
- Pedestrians not being able to see driver’s eyes to understand intentions; and
- How law enforcement will handle potential increases in distracted driving.
Smith said each of these central concerns could be disputed.
“There’s no evidence to support the potential lack of driver eye to eye communication,” he said. In regards to pedestrians or cyclists being unable to know and understand a driver’s intention even if his/her eyes could be seen, Smith said the likeliness would be low. This concern is due to cyclists who should be looking for driver turn signals and/or coming to a complete stop before continuing through a stop sign. This coupled with drivers becoming more aware of new bike lanes being added to the right side at intersections. Smith thinks if these steps are followed there would not be an increased danger-but in any case, it will not be from the use of window films. When asked how law enforcement is expected to handle a potential rise in distracted driving, Smith mentioned various forms of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). “There are more distractions with new high tech video screens and extended menus on vehicles than ever before,” Smith said.