Aurora Police have skyrocketed the number of citations issued for "illegal" tinted windows on vehicles.
According to a report, Aurora Police issued 291 citations during the first five months of 2012 compared to only 2 citations during the same period a year earlier.
That's in part due to a device being used to measure the percentage of light that can go through windows.
But first, what is the law in Illinois? Daily Herald reports:
The state law regulating tint was intended as a precautionary measure for law enforcement after a police officer in LaGrange was shot in the face with a shotgun during a routine traffic stop, according to state Sen. Matt Murphy's staff...
...the amount of tint alllowed on a vehicle's front windows depends on the darkness of its back windows. The darker the back windows, the lighter the front windows must be in order to retain visibility...
...if a car's back windows have tint installed by the manufacturer or tint install later that allows less than 30 percent of light through, then at least 50 percent of light must be able to shine through its front windows.
If a car's back windows allow more than 35 percent of light through, its front windows can be tinted more darkly, up to 65 percent.
...Aurora police test a vehicle's compliance using a light transmittance meter. The device is placed on both sides of the window to get a reading, Aurora Sgt. Tom Hinterlong said. Suspicion of illegally tinted windows counts as probable cause to pull over a vehicle and perform the test.
However, some viewers say that this may be more about finding excuses to pull over a vehicle or to rack up citations for revenue since there's no data to support that vehicles with tinted windows are involved with crime.
Should Aurora Police focus on tinted windows as probable cause to make a traffic stop or should they only pursue the matter if they are already making a stop for another reason?
Would Aurora Police pull over or issue a citation to President Barack Obama if he were rolling through in his Presidential state car?