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isn't it true that if you have a tint violation on your windshield (or having mud covering your almost all windows) and you hit and kill someone in an accident you can be charged with manslaughter?

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Hm, don't you think that would go a bit too fast if:
a) you have a coated windshield which is a OEM windshield
b) if you have mud on your car's windows?

Sure you can be "forced" to keep your car clean but where is the line of the freedom of cleaning or not cleaning your car and being held responsible by the government about a not so clean car?

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In the State of Florida the following applies:

Windshields: Must be safety glass and may not be covered or treated with any material which has the effect of making the windshield
reflective or in any way non-transparent. It must be free of any stickers not required by law.
Side windows: May not be composed of, covered by, or treated with any material which has a highly reflective or mirrored appearance
and reflects more than 35% of the light.

So your 40% is Legal in Florida.
The LOWER the number, the DARKER the Tint.

I have Tint in the Rear Glass, Two Back Doors.
Remember that reflectively is different than light transmission.

In FL, you are allowed by law to have 20% tint on the rear side windows and rear glass screen, and 30% on the the two front windows. You can tint the front windshield down to the the AS1 line in the glass (30%). If you can get your eye doctor to sign off on a special exemption, you are allowed to go darker on the two front windows.

Keep in mind that a lot of tints come in 19% and 28-29%. When applied to the windows, they often equal out to nearly 20% and 30%.
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Is the enforcement of tint laws as lax in Florida as it is in California?

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Is the enforcement of tint laws as lax in Florida as it is in California?
Really depends on the area. One county's sheriffs dept might not care and the next might stop every single car with tint that they deem to be too dark.
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Hm, don't you think that would go a bit too fast if:
a) you have a coated windshield which is a OEM windshield
b) if you have mud on your car's windows?

Sure you can be "forced" to keep your car clean but where is the line of the freedom of cleaning or not cleaning your car and being held responsible by the government about a not so clean car?
well you're supposed to have at least one or two mirrors on the car and visable.. but with too much mud, it would violate that law and one could sue for manslaughter because of the infraction of that law, it being a visual infraction at that.

i'm still wondering if you have a strip of tint at the top of the windshield (past the legal line), could one sue after a fatal car crash that the suspect for manslaughter because of a tint violation? how about a whole windshield that is tinted?

I believe that for the whole windshield you could be charged for manslaughter, but no for a tint strip at the top as long as it doesn't exceed your line of vision.

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Well the windshield is different I thing since this is your main outlook. But having the sides tinted I think that should just someones right and freedom to do so.

Again, if an OEM puts some sort of a coating on a windshield, that is most def. approved by law otherwise a multimillion/mulitbillion Dollar/Euro/Yen whatever companies wouldn't do so - period. So if I buy a car and has that coating on do I really have to question the dealer if that is legal? I assume it is legal or it wouldn't be in the lot or in the showcase inside the dealership.

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Well the windshield is different I thing since this is your main outlook. But having the sides tinted I think that should just someones right and freedom to do so.

Again, if an OEM puts some sort of a coating on a windshield, that is most def. approved by law otherwise a multimillion/mulitbillion Dollar/Euro/Yen whatever companies wouldn't do so - period. So if I buy a car and has that coating on do I really have to question the dealer if that is legal? I assume it is legal or it wouldn't be in the lot or in the showcase inside the dealership.
Manufacturers are often exempt from tint regulations because there are so many different stupid laws in every single state. Factory rear tint on say a minivan or a crew cab truck is about 30%+/-. That would be illegal is some states as an aftermarket tint. But since the vehicle was made with the tinted glass, it is exempt. This is the same reason why no manufacture sells vehicles with factory tinted driver/passenger windows and they never tint below the AS1 line on the windscreen.
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Manufacturers are often exempt from tint regulations because there are so many different stupid laws in every single state. Factory rear tint on say a minivan or a crew cab truck is about 30%+/-. That would be illegal is some states as an aftermarket tint. But since the vehicle was made with the tinted glass, it is exempt. This is the same reason why no manufacture sells vehicles with factory tinted driver/passenger windows and they never tint below the AS1 line on the windscreen.
I'm confused now. I read (long time ago) that I can let my side windows (all 3) replace by OEM windows which will be tinted black/dark (not those greenish once) to the extend to be limo dark.

You're saying now I can't? B/c that was then my first thing I wanted to do on my car instead of getting foil on my glassed to tint them but it seamed like they are too expensive back then.

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The car has to be built at the factory that way, not aftermarket tint or window swap outs.
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