Volume 8, Issue 3, May-June  2004

The Back Page

Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Around the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. In this department, the Window Film staff compiles a few of these that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in your own hometown newspapers, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

Window Tinter to the Rescue
Denver—Window tinting shop owner Anthony Bernard may not have won the title of World’s Best Tinter at the 2004 Tint-Off, but he did make news recently when he helped police nab a man who had robbed several local businesses.

According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News, Bernard had witnessed a nearby cigarette store being robbed by the same person for the fifth time. Bernard gave chase and, when he was unable to catch the criminal on foot, he pursued the man at a distance in his car and noted the address of a house the man entered, giving this information to the police when they arrived at the scene of the robbery.

The suspect, a 21-year-old man, was arrested in connection with five robberies and is being investigated for two others.

Crystal Clear Religion
Naples, Fla.—The campus of Ave Maria University, a Roman Catholic college to be built in Immokalee in Collier County, Fla., will include the largest Catholic church in the country, constructed of glass and aluminum.
The Fort Myers (Fla.) Free-Press reported that the oratory, as a church is called when it has no diocese or religious order affiliated with it, will be made of high-performance glass. The design currently has the glass allowing 100 percent of light in at its peak, but with tint applied in such a way that it will filter and diffuse sunlight to 20 percent at the floor.

Also included in the design is a 60-foot red glass cross, which, upon completion will be the largest in the nation, just larger than the 55-foot crucifix in Indian River, Mich. 

VIP Vehicles
ISLAMABAD—Islamabad Traffic Police have submitted to the Interior Ministry a list of VIPs using vehicles with tinted glass for a final warning to be issued to them, a senior police official told the Pakistan Daily Times.

“A list of VIPs and the registration numbers of their vehicles having tinted windows has been submitted to the Interior Ministry after which a final warning will be issued to them through the Cabinet Division,” said Zubair Hashmi, superintendent of traffic police. “The vehicles of official capacity will be exempted from the ban.”

Hashmi said there would be no exemption for any embassy and that the traffic police had also asked the Foreign Office to direct all the embassies to remove tinted glass from their vehicles.

Fine, Fine, Fine
Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei—Motorists in Brunei are among those who stand to face fines for tinting their vehicle windows too dark. The Borneo Bulletin reported that motorists face up to a $500 fine if the window film on their cars lets less than 70 percent of light to enter the windows. 

According to the report, which was also published on BruneiDirect.com, the Brunei Land Transport Department recorded a total of 48 motorists cited for operating vehicles with illegally tinted windows. Haji Suaib Bin Haji Md. Taib, a senior enforcement officer with the Land Transport Department said that under the Road Traffic Enactment:

Originally manufactured tinted glass fixed to the windshield or window of a motor vehicle is legal but no tinted glass shall be used as part of or fitted to the windshield or window of a motor vehicle except with the prior written permission of the commissioner of the police or the controller of Land Transport.

Haji Suiab said that people with skin diseases or ultra violet ray allergies can apply for tinted windows through the Land Transport Department. 


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