Yes, cops can pull you over for thinking your windows are too dark

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

By Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager, Steve Montiero - Traffic Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

Kyle, of Ocoee, asked," Can an officer stop me if he or she thinks my tint is too dark?"

"Law enforcement is tasked with keeping the community safe at all times, and some of the ways they come to find crimes or violations aren’t always cut and dry," Trooper Steve said. "Window tint should be a must in our hot state, but there are limits to how dark you can have it."

Trooper Steve said law enforcement officers can stop drivers if they think the tint is too dark, but that doesn’t mean they can issue a ticket.

"An officer must verify that the tint is too dark by using a tint meter," Trooper Steve said.

The tint meter either verifies the officer's observation or clears a driver of any wrongdoing.

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"This is not an officer giving you a hard time, just them doing their job," he said. "Tint violations can lead to my much bigger violations. Don’t we want our police being proactive? If you haven’t figured it out, I’m a fan of this one."

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