Volume 11, Issue 4 - July/August 2007
The Back Page
Window film is a popular item among consumers and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers around the world. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer publications or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.
Film Deters Abductions
Sgt. Graham Dunne teaches classes on how to evade an abduction and recently shared some pointers with a local news station who posted the advice on 9news.com. On Dunne’s list of “things that may discourage individuals,” was: “Tint your windows.” And, of course, “Check with local police to find out what is legal in your area.”
Panthers Guard Pulled For Illegal Tint
According to an Associated Press article, Batiste was then charged by the North Carolina police officer for carrying a concealed weapon. As it turns out, the gun was Batiste’s prior service weapon from the time he spent as a former deputy in Louisiana.
Batiste, who later said his charge may have been racially motivated, also was fined $110 for not updating his driver’s license after moving to North Carolina. A spokeswoman for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department said the arrest was not racially motivated and that the department has been cracking down on window tint violations.
A Mecklenburg County judge threw out the charges, saying the arrest for a window tint violation was a pretext to search Batiste’s car.
Doctors Continue to Prescribe Film
In an article dated June 22, 2007, from The State Journal, in Charleston, W. Va., Craig McKee asks, “Could the sunglasses you wear and the car you drive be doing you more harm than good when it comes to defending yourself against skin cancer?” He then discusses how patients can have tint applied to their vehicles, darker than state regulations, using a doctor’s prescription.
McKee talks to Wil Scarbro, a tint shop owner, who says he frequently encounters past skin cancer patients who want their windows tinted. “And they can have the whole windshield tinted, in most cases, to keep the glare out of their eyes and the sun off their skin,” Scarbro told McKee.