New Law Requires Safety Compliance Sticker on Tinted Windows

Jared Garcia, Glass Doctor
Jared Garcia, Glass Doctor

By Jeff Stebbins
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - If you're a Texas driver, you'll need to beware of shady practices before you get behind the wheel.

Several new laws came out of this latest legislative session concerning traffic laws in the interest of public safety.

Current Texas law limits the thickness of window tint in vehicles at 25 percent light transmission.

Senate bill 589 continues that limit with one difference - now the installer must affix a vehicle safety compliance label to a newly installed windshield.

The logic behind the law is that thicker tinting could reduce a driver's visibility.

State Trooper Gabriel Medrano of the Department of Public Safety says the law is a safety issue, saying, "They want to make sure that you're able to see outside of your windows and it keeps everyone else safe to make sure that you see what's going on around you."

Local window tint installers say many customers don't understand the limits, and ask for darker tint than the law allows, as Glass Doctor installer Jared Garcia explains, "A lot of people want them darker, and we tell them right away we can't do it just like the front doors - a lot of people like them darker than the legal limit, which we can't do."

If your windows are darker than the legal limit, you could face a fine of up to one thousand dollars.

For a list of this year's new traffic laws in the state of Texas, follow the link below.