Volume 12, Issue 6 - November/December 2008

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 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 dvass@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: WINDOW FILM magazine, P.O. Box 569,
Garrisonville, VA 22463.

A Double Header
NAPLES, FLA.—Illegal tint led to a double header recently for Florida police. Two men were arrested in two days for fraudulent credit and gift cards. Collier County sheriff’s deputies pulled a pickup truck for illegal tint, an inoperative light and failure to maintain a single lane, when they caught a whiff of marijuana. A search didn’t yield a pot discovery, but it did turn up more than ten fraudulent cards.

The following night, police pulled another vehicle for illegal tint. When the driver appeared nervous and a previous arrest for credit card fraud came up for the state of Kentucky, deputies searched the vehicle and found six fraudulent cards in the driver’s two wallets.

It’s Getting Hot In Here
MOULTRIE, GA.— Window film didn’t keep the heat out for one unlucky vehicle owner recently. Officers were called to the scene when a local woman reported a car fire. Police patrolled the apartment complex, but failed to identify the smoldering vehicle. Finally, the woman steered them to the correct vehicle, where they noticed a faint red color through the window tint. They were unable to see the fire, but a touch test confirmed something hot was going on inside the vehicle. The fire department arrived to extinguish the fire, but not before it charred the driver’s side floor board, steering wheel and driver’s seat.

Tint Conditioning
LAKELAND, FLA.—The world is abuzz lately withthe notion of fully electric vehicles. One Florida resident dcided some time ago that he wasn’t going towait for them to go main stream. Bruce Farr said he  as tired of spending $100 to fill his conversion van, sohe hunted down a fully electric vehicle. His new ZAPvehicle, produced out of Santa Rosa, Calif., only costshim an additional $20 a month in electricity. But Farr may have been a bit ahead of the cur ve, as his earlyelectric model did not come with air conditioning. Nota problem, Farr says. He compensated with dark win-dow tint and a small fan, and says he’s good to go.

The New Busted Taillight?
TUPELO, MISS.—It has long been suspected that window tint is the new “busted taillight.” At least one policeofficer in Mississippi recently confirmed dark window tint among reasons for probable cause.

“When it comes to probable cause, the list is too long to name,” Officer Tim Clouse told a Nor theast Mississippi Daily Journal reporter. “It could be a blown tag light, cracked windshield, broken tail light, dark window tint, just any-thing that is an infraction by law. People are sometimes shocked when we pull them over and they say, ‘Why’d you pull me over? I wasn’t speeding?’”

The reporter alleges that, since Mississippi’s sheriff’s departments are not allowed to use radar detectors, they rely on probable cause to make traffic stops.

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