Aug. 17, 2005 – St. Croix residents can find out if their tinted windows are in compliance with the new tint law at an informational session held by the police department's traffic division on Saturday, Aug. 20.
The testing will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wendy's parking lot in Sunny Isles Shopping Center. Information will be given out on the new law and its implementation, according to a press release issued by the VIPD on Wednesday.
The new law will go into effect on Sept. 6.
Police Commissioner Elton Lewis said the session is an opportunity to measure the level of light transmittance through a vehicles windows. "By testing your vehicle windows at this time, you may avoid compliance problems later," Lewis said.
Gov. Charles W. Turnbull signed the new vehicle tint regulations into law in February. The law sets standards for windshield sunscreens and tinting. Under the new law, tinted windows must have 70 percent light transmittal in the front, side and back windows.
Penalties for noncompliance include a $200 fine for the first offence, $200 to $500 for the second offence and a fine of $500 to $1,000 and suspension of your license for up to one years for each additional offence.
Police personnel and staff set the example for the law's compliance. They were required to comply with the law by July 1.
Lewis urged residents to take advantage of the testing. "Join us in our efforts to help you to meet the compliance standards of the tint law before September 6, 2005," said Lewis.
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