Legalize front window tint in British Columbia, Canada
I am writing to make an inquiry and express concern about the window tint law in British Columbia, a law which I believe is unfair to the citizens of our beautiful province.
I am particularly alarmed by the fact that this law states that “No film is permitted on the driver’s compartment, right and left”. In the past couple of years, I have witnessed multiple cars with front window tint get an ordered inspection, or a ticket. However, every month I notice more and more vehicles with front window tint. Why does this law still exist? Should comfort and safety not be the top concerns when it comes to our vehicles?
I am mostly concerned about the fact that we have seen a drastic increase in car break-ins. In the past year, my boyfriend has had 1 car stolen and 2 broken into, there were 7 cars broken into in one night on my street, all of which did not have front window tint. I live in White Rock, which is one of the safest areas in British Columbia. I recently read in the Vancouver Sun that Greater Vancouver has one of the worst property crime rates in North America. According to statistics 40,000 cars were broken into in 2005. And the amount of break-ins has been rising since. I also read that Lower Mainland residents are more likely to have their cars broken into than residents of any other major Canadian city — four times more likely than those in Toronto. Legalizing window tint is a great way to prevent break-ins as it is very difficult to flash a light through tinted windows compared to clear windows (the people that broke into the cars around my area used flash lights to look for valuables). And, if a burglar did flash their light through the windshield they would only see the seats, and most people leave valuables in the center console, on the back seat or on the floor, the center console is blocked by the dashboard when looking from the windshield, evidently you cannot see below the dashboard and the front seats block the back seats.
Also, window tint offers glare reduction, heat rejection, and UV protection. Which means that it would improve the safety of road conditions as drivers wouldn’t need to squint when looking in their side mirrors, which reflect the bright headlights of the cars behind you and beside you. Our accident rate is also going up and I believe we should take all precautions we can to provide safety to our roads, especially with our growing population. Not to mention, the comfort of all road users would improve in a darker atmosphere because it is proven that bright skies like we often have here in Vancouver due to constant rain, affect the nerves in your eyes, tightening your muscles and giving you headaches. Headaches often lead to stress and stress often leads to lack of concentration which is crucial while driving.
I have attached a signed petition of all the British Columbia residents that agree with all the information presented in this letter, and as your many constituents, it is our request that you overlook this law. Because, when we buy houses we are allowed to put curtains on our windows, and many people could be put at risk in both vehicles and houses, police officers cannot see people that are in their houses, they cannot see the people in the back of the vehicle either so why is this law so strict when it comes to the front windows? We believe that since we have paid money for our vehicle and our vehicles maintenance, we should legally be allowed to make any modifications we believe would improve our safety. If you believe that there are no flaws in this law please reply with your reasons.
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