Darker Tinted Windows OK With Virginia House

Bill needs to pass state Senate

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    Why would a former Virginia state trooper ask for darker tint on vehicle windows in the Commonwealth?

    Tourism ... of course?

    Del. Charles Carrico's bill passed on a 67-30 vote Tuesday. If it becomes law, drivers could put darker tint on their windows. Virginia currently requires at least 50 percent visibility on the front side windows, although back windows can be darker.

    Carrico's bill would lower that to 35 percent visibility.

    Virginia State Police oppose the measure, saying it would pose a safety hazard for troopers who approach stopped vehicles.

    Carrico argued that the change isn't so drastic as to put law enforcement at risk.

    He said he was asked to bring the bill by localities along the state border that said the law hurts tourism.