Police are pulling the shade away from tint laws.
 
While there are some awesome window tint ideas in the United States, most of them won't be making their way into Alberta.
 
"If you are the driver, you can't have any tint beside you or in front of you," explained Constable Janice Shoepp. "If you have a four door car, you can have tint on the rear windows and the back as well."
 
Tint makes it difficult to see out of a vehicle for drivers. It can also be an issue for pedestrians who are trying to make eye contact with drivers as they cross the street.
 
There are rules surrounding tinting the back windows too; they cannot be "blacked out" with limo tint, the darkest tint available. The law is in place to keep not only vehicle passengers safe but also law enforcement personnel.
 
In a collision, tint can make it difficult for emergency crews to break a window. For police, it's also a matter of their own safety.
 
"If I'm going to do a traffic stop, I'd like to see how many occupants are in the vehicle and what they're doing as I approach the vehicle," said Shoepp.
 
Police say it doesn't matter how the tint got there, tint is tint.
 
"Some people say, 'well the manufacturer did it,' well they might have done it but you need to be aware of the laws are in your province because this is a provincial law."
 
In Alberta, there are no laws against installation of tint, therefore legally, the responsibility is on the owner. Tint tickets are $78 but often, police will often give drivers a warning to take the tint off. When the driver can show the tint is removed, they won't issue the violation.
 
For commercial vehicles, absolutely no tint is allowed, that ticket is about $310.
 
18072017DodgeWindshieldTintThis tint style is illegal in Alberta but acceptable in some provinces and US states. Courtesy Bryan Blowers.

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