RCIPS’ traffic enforcement efforts throughout the month of July have once again resulted in hundreds of tickets issued for tint and speeding, among other offenses.
Police issued 187 tickets for illegal tint during the month, along with 182 tickets for speeding. In addition, 51 tickets were issued for using a mobile phone while driving, 35 people were prosecuted for careless driving, and 14 were prosecuted for dangerous driving.
Forty DUI arrests were also made during July, compared to 24 in June.
As these numbers show, the RCIPS continues to see a large number of vehicles being driven with tint violations. Earlier this week, on Wednesday, 15 August, 28 tickets for tint were issued.
Section 23 of the Traffic Regulations states that the front windscreen of a vehicle must allow at least 70 percent light transmission in either direction. The top of this windscreen is also permitted to have a strip of tinted glass of any degree of light transmission, not extending more than six inches down.
The front side windows can be tinted, but must allow at least 35 per cent light transmission in all circumstances. The rear windscreen and rear side windows may allow less than the 35 per cent light transmission only if fitted by the manufacturer as standard equipment. The minimum light transmission allowed for the rear passenger windows and rear windscreen is 15 per cent.
“We have had many people claiming not to know what the regulations are for tinting of vehicles,” said Inspector Ian Yearwood of the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit. “While that is not an excuse that we will accept if you are found to be driving with illegal tint, we are taking this opportunity to remind the public of exactly what the rules are. I would encourage any member of the public who is in violation to make the necessary adjustments so as to avoid being ticketed or sent to court.”