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Pasco Police Cracking Down on Illegally Tinted Vehicle Windows

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PASCO, Wash. - Windows are the focus of an enforcement campaign happening right now in Pasco. Police are cracking down on illegally tinted windows.

While the state's tinting laws have been in place for some time, they are not always enforced.  In fact, NBC Right Now found out Wednesday that the station's vehicle windows are not even legal, and the vehicles were bought from a dealership.

But Pasco's patrol is working to educate drivers. Come May 20th, officers say education is over and enforcement begins.

A window tint ticket will run $124, about the same price it would cost to fix it.

Officer Kari Skinner is leading this effort, and says most people are not aware they are not in compliance.

"Part of the law states that dealerships have an obligation to ensure they're not selling a vehicle that is outside of the revised code of Washington state statute. But that's obviously happening," said Officer Kari Skinner with the Pasco Police Department.

Windows that are too dark can pose all kinds of problems on the road. Pasco police say a driver's ability to see, especially at night, is compromised with excessively tinted windows.

But it is not just about seeing from the inside out, officers need to be able to see in too.