Volume 10, Issue 5 - September/October 2006

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. The Window Film staff has compiled a few on this page that we found interesting. To submit articles that you see in consumer or your own hometown press, please e-mail a link to the story to boleary@glass.com or mail a copy of the article to Attn: Window Film magazine, P.O. Box 569, Garrisonville, VA 22463.

Funny, It Doesn’t Look Like A Clown Car
PAYSON, ARIZ.—When sheriff’s deputy Dennis Newman pulled over a 1998 Oldsmobile silhouette van for following too closely and having window film darker than the legal limit of 33-percent visible light transmission (VLT), he expected the driver to be involved in drug smuggling. However, according to The Payson Roundup, what he found instead was human smuggling.

The newspaper reported that 15 Mexican nationals were being transported in a vehicle built to move eight people, the second seat having been removed to allow more passengers to sit on the floor.

“I was looking for drug smugglers. Vans are popular for transporting large amounts of drugs (and they were) hiding behind dark window tint,” Newman told The Payson Roundup.

The vehicle driver and one passenger fled from the scene, but both were quickly caught. 

Crime-Fighting Film, Part II
ELMIRA, N.Y.—Window film can help fight crime by serving as the surface by which shoe prints can be lifted from crime scenes (see Window Film magazine, July/August 2006, page 32), but it may also help bring a criminal to justice in Elmira, N.Y.

According to the Star-Gazette, local companies in the greater Elmira area are pitching in free goods and services to add to the reward pot offered for information leading to the capture of Ralph “Bucky” Phillips.

Phillips escaped from Alden Correctional Facility in April and is connected to the shooting death of New York State Trooper Sean M. Brown on June 10.

Spurred by the actions of a local radio station, local business have added to the $50,000 reward; the person who turns in or provides information leading to Phillips’ arrest will also receive a free auto tint job by Lexo’s Affordable Glass of Aurora, N.Y.

This is Why …
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND—A British man who has admitted to driving without a license and without insurance also had to face charges for having the side windows of his 4x4 Jeep Grand Cherokee tinted darker than the legal limit. Earl Warbrick, whose license was suspended for three years in 2004, hit and killed Bertha Kinrade in January while making a right turn into traffic, icLiverpool.co.uk reported.

Warbrick reportedly told police that he did not see Kinrade, though the news source reports that eyewitness accounts indicate there was no reason for Warbrick not to have seen Kinrade. 

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