Just how dark are tinted vehicle windows allowed to be? When crossing West Second Avenue, I was almost hit by a big SUV
with nearly black windows. I couldn't tell whether it was driven by a man, woman or child. Are autos with too dark"
windows cited? - Marvel J
Vehicles with blacked-out windows are like those dreadful celebrities" who wear sunglasses indoors, blabbering on talk
Instead of looking cool, indoor sunglasses are an unmistakable sign of deep insecurities - except for Jackie O.
She was the only person able to pull off the look. And let's be honest, ladies. There was only one Jackie O.
And fellas, when you wear shades at night, you look like an ashamed and hungover dork who unwisely started a bar fight
and got pummeled by two ham-sized fists and a pool cue.
Dark tinting is for fools.
Why on earth would you obscure your car windows? Foremost, it broadcasts: Hey, cop! I have something to hide!"
And if you're pulled over, the officer can't see if you're Mother Teresa or some thug with a sawed-off shotgun.
Not taking chances, the cop who stops you usually will proceed as if you are an escaped felon. Why would you put
yourself in that position?
And pull you over they will.
Sgt. Geary Parsons of the Durango Police Department points out that obscured windows are illegal.
Citing Section 42-4-227 of the Colorado Revised Statutes, he explained that no window tinting can allow less than 27
percent light transmittance. The windshield, meanwhile, must allow 70 percent light transmittance.
We have a tool that measures this, and we test all the time," he said. We ticket for overly dark windows."
It's an expensive ticket, too. The misdemeanor caries a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $5,000," the
But unfortunately, there is a loophole that you could drive a truck through.
The windshield-tinting law applies to any motor vehicle registered in Colorado."
Thus, a car from another state, say New Mexico, cannot be pulled over for dark windshields here in our fair city.
It's another good reason to give red and yellow license plates with dark windows the widest possible wide berth.
No only can't they drive - they can't see.
Perhaps they should change New Mexico's motto from Land of Enchantment" to Land of Mr. Magoo."
If it's summer in the northern hemisphere, isn't it winter in the southern hemisphere? So if the Winter and Summer
Olympics alternate every two years and the Summer Olympics are held in the Southern Hemisphere, wouldn't that mean
there is going to be three consecutive Winter Olympics? That sounds like a lot of curling and men skating in tight
polyester. Thanks. - Dan
Fear not. The Olympics people have figured this out - and without overt bribery or embarrassing scandal.
The Summer" Olympics have been held successfully south of the equator twice already.
Melbourne, Australia, hosted the summer games from Nov. 22 to Dec. 8, 1956. And Sydney held the show from Sept. 16 to
Oct. 1, 2000.
Sydney was, by all accounts, a wild party.
In 2016, the games go to Rio de Janeiro - which promises strong merrymaking possibilities.
So call it late summer" for the northern hemisphere and early summer" for the southern half.
And it's no big deal to see athletes in polyester during summer when it should be winter.
Think of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic here in late May. Town is filled with throngs wearing stretch fabrics.
Yet it snows, sometimes heavily.
When it comes to seasonal confusion, Durango wins the gold medal.
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