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Old 03-24-2011, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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the law says jump off a bridge. well, do you? something to think about
No. I think I'd have a chance of fighting such a law in court.

Laws are important, but laws are not the penultimate authority in the United States. The US Constitution is.

Who would enforce such a law? And how much faith would they place in its validity by doing so?
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Interesting.. 2 vehemently ambitious self appointed goody 2 shoes that go off on a tangent yet cannot rationalize a very simple premise..

I shall ask again, do you or do you not? Think deep about it. It is deceptively simple
removed - don't make it personal. No law is being passed to require me to jump off a bridge.

The question is very simple. Laws are passed on items like window tint for your safety and for the safety of law enforcement. Trying to see out of 15% tint on your front window at night on a dark road is very difficult. An officer trying to see in to see if you have a gun ready to blow him away is likewise difficult. Your desire to be cool (figuratively or literally) doesn't override that safety concern.

Some people assume that they are able to ignore the laws that they don't like or that don't "apply" to them, simply because they view them in their own mind as "silly" or whatever other adjective they choose to apply. Just because you don't see the need to obey the law doesn't obviate your need to obey it, nor does it mean the law is unnecessary, nor does it mean that cops are wrong, racist, or anything else when they enforce it.

In fact, I take it as highly offensive, selfish, and childish to intimate or come right out and say that cops are racist when they enforce laws like this, just because someone who may be black decides to brazenly break the law.

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Old 04-25-2011, 06:47 PM
 
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Guess what? I was passing through Warwick, GA last Sunday and got pulled over for this tint law. A friend had died in Feb. and left me the car. My friend and I had been to an antique show gathering and was coming home. Both of us are in our seventies. The officer just wrote a ticket and now I owe them $200. I didn't say anything to the guy because I knew it would just make things worse but when I called to inquire about the fine, the lady apologized and said "it's two hundred dollars". I told her I was expecting maybe 50 or so but she said the standard fine was 200 and apologized again. I guess the tint laws will make up for the loss of speed traps or even add to the revenue gathered from them. I really wish there was a practical way to get up north from Florida without having to go through Georgia.
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Old 04-29-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Walton County, GA
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wow, this thread is all over the place. Im new to GA, and will be getting my windows tinted. I want 20%, but its not worth the potential hassle. I drive a 2010 Ram pickup. I want tint to protect my investment. Privacy is nice to.

I personally think the tint law is stupid. At the least, it should be a secondary offence. Tint or no tint is not going to protect the officer. As of now, I have no front tint, 35% on the rear windows. I also carry a loaded pistol thats within 6" of my hand in plain site. Anyone approaching would not see it until its to late. Ive been pulled over a few times since ive been here, and all my encounters have been great.

As far as the tint laws for public safety, thats crap to. Yes, it can reduce visibility at night. So can oncoming cars headlights. So can headlights behind you. The amount of accidents because of tint are small compared to others. Heck, nail all the folks out there who drive with no visibility. You cant see when you're reading a text or email will doing 80 mph!

Ultimately, there is far worst situations that a LEO can concentrate on.

The few on here that said if they were an officer walking up to a dark tinted car, you would have your gun drawn, well, im glad youre not in law enforcement, because that would get you killed pretty quick.

Remember people, our law and justice system was not set up to inconvenience the innocent. But the less we question authority, the more comfortable they get, and quicker our rights get taken away.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Tint or no tint is not going to protect the officer.
It's a combination of two things...very simple actually. There has to be a limit somewhere. Most states have a similar limit to GA or more restrictive.

First is the inability of police and others to see what's going on in your vehicle. When you are stopped on a dark road at night, that does matter and factors into the officer's protection.

Second, you cannot see at night when you're driving when the tint is too dark. That impacts on your safety and the safety of everyone else on the road.

Bottom line is 32% is the law in GA. If you disagree with it, then lobby your state rep to change the law. In the meantime, don't blame the cops when they enforce it if you blatantly violate it. Take the ticket like a man or woman, and pay it, knowing your are wrong.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Guess what? I was passing through Warwick, GA last Sunday and got pulled over for this tint law. A friend had died in Feb. and left me the car. My friend and I had been to an antique show gathering and was coming home. Both of us are in our seventies. The officer just wrote a ticket and now I owe them $200. I didn't say anything to the guy because I knew it would just make things worse but when I called to inquire about the fine, the lady apologized and said "it's two hundred dollars". I told her I was expecting maybe 50 or so but she said the standard fine was 200 and apologized again. I guess the tint laws will make up for the loss of speed traps or even add to the revenue gathered from them. I really wish there was a practical way to get up north from Florida without having to go through Georgia.
In retrospect, you should have driven back at night.
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Old 06-17-2011, 05:07 PM
 
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Is your vehicle registered in GA?

I don't see how out-of-state drivers can be ticketed for equipment that is legal in their home state. How does that not restrict inter-state commerce to have every legally dark tinted vehicle from FL be able to get a $1000 ticket for driving through GA?
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Old 01-15-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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Do all you Georgians talk to about each other like that with complete lack of decency or civility?
Who are you speaking to?
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Cummin Jawja
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LOL! Why yes, we do sir.

See down heah we think of our neighors as brothers and sisters and you know how they talk to each other....

Seems that some want dark tint to protect their investment? I wonder is that from solar radiation? Don't need a TINT to protect against that. Or do they think that a TINT will stop a thief? (seems to me a thief is going to break into a tinted car since they will think there is something of value in there hidden by the tint)

Anyway this thread reminded me I need to strip the tint off the windows of an SUV that was given to me cause it makes it more difficult to see at night...

Heck most of the time I leave the doors unlocked anyway, if a thief wants something out of my vehicles he can have it generally.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Is your vehicle registered in GA?

I don't see how out-of-state drivers can be ticketed for equipment that is legal in their home state. How does that not restrict inter-state commerce to have every legally dark tinted vehicle from FL be able to get a $1000 ticket for driving through GA?
Doesn't matter. This whole thing went to court and was challenged and the tint law was modified so that it DOES apply for any car on the road, even those registered in other states where the law is different. In most states, the law you follow is the law of the state you're in, not where the vehicle is registered.

Now...having said that, I doubt that many cops are going to pull over a car from Florida on I-75 if that car is just passing through Georgia. In many states like CA, NY, MA, and others, the easiest way to get pulled over is run around town with dark windows tint, even if you have out of state plates.
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