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      07-01-2015, 06:41 PM   #1
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Got a fix ticket this morning for the tinted front side windows. The cop pulled me over for no blinker while turning. I was almost laughed when he told me the reason why he pulled me over. Then he gave me a ticket for the tinted window....speechless. Now, I have to spend $40 dollars to remove the tint and have the cop sign off the ticket and then spend $80 bucks to put them back on. I guess there is no second option for that.
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CA Vehicle Code explicitly states that nothing may be done to the front windows which increases reflectivity (silver tint) or reduces visibility into the vehicle (darker tint).


Also, use your blinker.
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If your tinted window is indeed illegal, I'm not sure I understand why you are going to have it reinstalled after removing it.
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You shouldn't drive with tents on your windows -- that's dangerous.
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Surprised he didn't just pull you over for the window, clearly having a TENT on your window is a safety hazard.

Assuming it is tint on your front windows which is illegal in CA, then while this sucks it can not be a surprise. Cops have to write so many tickets a month or they get dinged on performance, and tickets generate money......doing something obviously illegal will get you nabbed more often.

At least it's just a fix-it ticket, but hey, if it bugs you that much either leave it off, change the law, or....move.


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You shouldn't drive with tents on your windows -- that's dangerous.
Damn, beat me to it. LOL
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Failed --- Spell Check! lol
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Not sure if this is indeed illegal.


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ANY tint on the front windows is illegal in Cali. I bit the bullet and tinted my car all around...and won't be surprised in the least WHEN I get pulled over for it. Until then, car looks much nicer than just half of it (legal). Just watch the cars around you and lower the windows if you see a cop coming up or stopped on the side of the road in front of you. PITA..but thats the drill.........
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BTW..I'd love to change this stupid law. Anyone know how to go about it?
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BTW..I'd love to change this stupid law. Anyone know how to go about it?
Not going to happen. If anything cops will start to enforce it with more zeal. They frown upon not being able to see what someone in the car may have in their hands before the window goes down. Cops put safety above all else, especially when it's their own.
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I had this happen to me few years ago. A found a guy at a car meet with the same car i have. I put my plate on his car and went to the police station. They signed off, paid my $12 and I victory was mine! He's now one of my very good friends haha
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Not going to happen. If anything cops will start to enforce it with more zeal. They frown upon not being able to see what someone in the car may have in their hands before the window goes down. Cops put safety above all else, especially when it's their own.
I understand that..which is why if you get pulled over, open ALL your windows and keep your hands in plain view (and at night, turn on your dome lights)...BUT..the law is just the front. Any one on the other side of the law with tint in the back could have companions that are pointing weapons as well and remain unseen. Most officers tell you to lower your windows so they can see. To me, it's just automatic..you have to lower your window to talk to the guy anyway. Walk around a police parking lot..I'll bet you you'll find the officers personal cars with tint.

I'd rather have them pull cars over that are billowing smoke from the tailpipe or have non-working brake lights than me just because I have tint.....
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I had this happen to me few years ago. A found a guy at a car meet with the same car i have. I put my plate on his car and went to the police station. They signed off, paid my $12 and I victory was mine! He's now one of my very good friends haha
Unless they're detail oriented and have nothing better to do and match up the VIN numbers. Then you're SCREWED.........(which is what my local CHP office does...you can't skate by on them by that trick).
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I had this happen to me few years ago. A found a guy at a car meet with the same car i have. I put my plate on his car and went to the police station. They signed off, paid my $12 and I victory was mine! He's now one of my very good friends haha
Sounds like a good idea. lol..who drives a EBII 335i @ Fremont or Milpitas, CA area. I would pay 50 bucks for that.
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Unless they're detail oriented and have nothing better to do and match up the VIN numbers. Then you're SCREWED.........(which is what my local CHP office does...you can't skate by on them by that trick).
There is no VIN# listed on the ticket I got. Is that means they wont spend time to check the system for a fix ticket?

My wife got a fix ticket few years ago for the expired registration tag. We took the car back to the police station after put on the new tag, and the cop who signed off the ticket didn't even bother to come out check the plate.
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You can peel the tint yourself. It'll pull right off. Then just soap and a razor to remove any adhesive left. Guessing easy on GC frameless windows
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This happened to me in Montreal a few years ago. I don't remember getting a ticket but I had like five days to have the front windows tint removed and take it to a specific garage that would mesure if all was ok (45$ to the garage for the 3 minutes it took them to send a fax to the cops).

At the time, I remember telling the cop that I had been stopped 2-3 times before for speeding and I was not told that my car had illegal tinted windows ?? He said something like he received a specific training for these type of offenses. Ok, whatever, Ryan.
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I had this happen to me few years ago. A found a guy at a car meet with the same car i have. I put my plate on his car and went to the police station. They signed off, paid my $12 and I victory was mine! He's now one of my very good friends haha
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Failed --- Spell Check! lol
No, spell check worked perfectly -- you spelled "tent" correctly each and every time you used it.
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you can always chance it and hope they sign off without actually checking. happen to me last month, lady behind the desk just asked if I took it off? told her yup. then asked if she walks out there she wont see tint right? told her nope. she signed off and I took off. would have known this I could have saves me the 60 to re tint.
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If the tint or whatnot is reasonable, it's rare to get pulled over for it. Same thing with bike racks that "obscure" the license plate and other modifications that don't attract too much attention. Technically, it's illegal in most places to block plates, but people put coolers, bikes, other stuff there and usually the police don't have a problem. When they see someone driving aggressively or doing something else wrong though, it attracts attention, then the police will slap you with whatever they can. Course everyone knows this, but don't speed in neighborhoods/residential areas, don't run through the stopsigns/lights, etc., just don't drive like a jackass. Not that anyone is really free of guilt, we've all probably done stupid things at one time or not, but when you get to things like stopsigns, signals, etc., there's just no reason not to do this, all the more when you have something else that will attract attention, like no front plate, tinted windows, blacked out lights, super dark tint, etc., exhaust, any modification, etc.

I'm not going to say they don't care about someone going fast/whatever in the middle of nowhere, but they tend to put resources where the most problems are...

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At the time, I remember telling the cop that I had been stopped 2-3 times before for speeding and I was not told that my car had illegal tinted windows ?? He said something like he received a specific training for these type of offenses. Ok, whatever, Ryan.
I'm involved in law and I can say that it's usually a bad idea to pursue a line with that. You're admitting to breaking the law for a significant period of time and being ignorant of the law for that entire time. The police will tell you it's not their job to to inform you of the law, they'll say it rests on your shoulders entirely. In court, you'd have to show judgements where whatever level of tint was determined to be in compliance, rather than out of compliance-compared to showing that you'd simply been stopped before and nothing was said about it. If they got you dead to rights, the best you can hope for is a technicality, but then you are betting on that and if it doesn't go your way, they'll usually be throwing the book at you, rather than just a warning or cheap fix-it.
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