Volume 8, Issue 2, March-April  2004

The Back Page

Film in the News
Compiled from News Reports Across the World
by Brigid O'Leary

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 department, the Window Film staff compiles 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.

Blast Off
DENVER—Denver International Airport is spending big bucks to equip its vulnerable sections with window film, according to an article from the February 8 Denver Post. The article says airport officials plan to spend about $800,000 to apply blast-resistant film to windows that they consider vulnerable to a bomb attack. Among companies bidding for the job is the Littleton, Colo.-based American Window Tinting Services Inc., which is owned by Dave McFadyen, former president of the International Window Film Association.

The Federal Aviation Administration is footing the bill for the project, according to the article.

Ready or Not …
ANANOVA, ENGLAND—Cops in the United Kingdom—particularly in Ananova, England, are cracking down on road safety, including window film. According to an article from the February 13 Ananova, the police are purchasing light meters to conduct spot checks to make sure cars comply with the 75-70 rule (75-percent light transmission through the windshield, 70-percent for sidelites).

“Vehicle inspectors could make prohibition orders against unfit vehicles, requiring cars to be towed away,” the article says. “Drivers would then have to get the necessary adjustments done before having them verified at a test station.”

The new system will cost 13,000 pounds ($24,738.44 U.S. dollars) and will not require any extra staff, according to the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.

Hands Up
HONOLULU—The police in Honolulu, Hawaii, take their illegal tint seriously. The Hawaii State Senate recently approved a bill, SB 2087, that will subject car owners with illegal window film applied to fines of up to $500, according to an article from the February 3 Honolulu Advertiser. The companies that have installed the film may have to pay up to $1,000 for each illegal application. The bill was introduced by Sen. Cal Kawamoto, who is chairperson of the transportation, military affairs and governmental operations committee.

The state’s current law inflicts fines of $50 on offenders, which many think is just not enough.

“[The fines] are just plain too low to act as a deterrent to those who put on tinting in excess of the requirement,” Tim Lyons, executive vice president of the Hawaii Business League, told the Advertiser.

The Fines Are A-Coming
CARTHAGE, MO.—The police department in Carthage, Mo., is also cracking down on illegal window film, according to a February 14 article from The Press.

“Carthage Police Department officers are toting a ‘piece’ of equipment that … may take a chunk out of some citizens’ pocketbooks,” writes Dennis Sowers of The Press.

Officer Agustin Sanchez, who said he has found a lot of vehicles with illegally dark window film since he has been carrying the meter, compared film to snow-covered windows.

“The safety of other drivers, pedestrians and of you and the occupants of your vehicles can be placed in jeopardy because you are not able to adequately see out of the window,” he told The Press. “Snow- and ice-covered windows to the left and right of the driver as well as the windshield are apparent safety concerns and drivers are required to clean them before traveling on the roadways.”


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