Volume 8, Issue 1, January - February 2004

 The Back Page
Film in the News

Compiled from News Reports Across the World

Window film is a popular item among consumers, and, as such, stories about it pop up almost every day in newspapers across the world. In this new department, each month the Window Film staff will compile a few of these that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in your own hometown newspapers, please e-mail a link to the story to pbeverage@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

Mis-Informed Informer
—Detroit Free Press columnist Matt Helms found himself answering a question about window film in the October 27 issue of his column, “Driving Today.”

“Why is it that I see so many cars with all the side windows tinted so dark you cannot see the driver, even when you pull up next to the car? … If there is a law, why isn’t it enforced, and why are window companies allowed to continue to tint the windows? Shouldn’t they be fined as well as the car owner?” asked Joe Klimaski of Oxford, Mich. 

Helms explained to the reader that the law says it’s “generally illegal to tint windshields or front side windows more than 4 inches from the top of the window.” 
In regard to Klimaski’s second question, Helms stuck up for the film shops, saying, “Companies that tint windows know the law. I’d bet that in most cases, if you see an improperly tinted car window, it was of the peel-and-stick, aftermarket variety, put on by the vehicle’s owners.”
Tinted Low-E: The New Fire Retardant?
—The industry got some free promotion recently when the Realty Times published an article on October 29, 2003, on how to build fire-resistant homes to withstand wildfires such as the ones the Southern California area recently underwent.

“Add low-E coatings and your glass is even more fire-resistant,” wrote Broderick Perkins. “Low-E film will reflect infrared and ultraviolet light—heat rays. In a wildland fire it helps stop the radiant energy transfer to combustible materials that are behind the glass, such as drapes or wood furniture and walls.”
From DVI to TVI
—In Jeddah, checkpoints don’t just look for drunk drivers, but instead, illegal window film. According to an article in the October 8 Arab News, police not only fine perpetrators, but also force them to remove the film on the spot. The article explains that with the war on terror, dark film is seen as an area of vulnerability for the police in Mideastern countries. However, the law in the country is not clear—saying film is allowed on the car’s backlite, but not on any other windows; yet police are asking some drivers to remove it all.

“I racked up close to SR1,000 worth of traffic tickets. In the end, police forced me to scratch the tint on my windows off with my key, which ended up damaging the whole window,” said one banker whose vehicle came with tinted windows.
Lack-of-Security Film
—According to reports from the Stars and Stripes European edition on October 19, U.S. soldiers on tour in the Mideast don’t look kindly on film, either. “Operation Window Tint,” they call it. They set up traffic checkpoints and once the occupants are out of the car, off the film comes; it’s considered a security risk (i.e., with dark film applied, officers outside the vehicle can’t tell if someone inside the vehicle is a threat to this unstable community, much like the law in the United States—but, of course, more extreme). 


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