CBS47 On Your Side: How dark can you tint your windows

DAUGHTER I'm okay but i'm alive LATONYA SWEET I wouldn't wish this on anyone

POLICE ADD THE TOW DRIVER WAS RELEASED BUT HE COULD FACE A POSSIBLE CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE WE REACHED OUT TO WEST COAST TOWING FOR COMMENT BUT HAVE NOT YET HEARD BACK I'M ALEXA BERTOLA FOR CBS 47 EYEWITNESS NEWS ### ALEX: WE DON'T HAVE TO TELL YOU IT'S HOT OUTSIDE! MANY PEOPLE STAY COOL IN THEIR CAR BY GETTING THEIR WINDOWS TINTED KEN: BUT WHAT ARE THE RULES WHEN IT COMES TO TINTED WINDOWS HERE IN "CALIFORNIA?" KEN: LET'S CHECK IN LIVE WITH CBS47'S INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER "ERIK ROSALES" WITH A REFRESHER

ERIK? IM JUST OUTSIDE OUR CBS47 STUDIOS IN THE BACK PARKING LOT AND IT'S WARM OUTSIDE WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR VEHICLES WINDOWS – SOME MAY THINK DARKER IS BETTER – THAT MAY BE A GOOD IDEA FOR THE BACK WINDOWS

BUT WHEN IT COMES TO WINDSHIELD AND BOTH THE FRONT DRIVER AND PASENGER WINDOWS – WHEN IS DARK TOO DARK? IT'S A COMMON SIGHT AROUND FRESNO DARK TINT ON VEHICLE WINDOWS JUST A FEW MINUTES AT BLACKSTONE AND SHAW AND I WITNESSED A NUMBER OF CARS OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH CALIFORNIA'S WINDOW TINT LAW NATS ACCORDING TO THE CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL – DRIVERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE ANY TINT AT ALL ON THE WINDSHIELD AND BOTH FRONT WINDOWS BUT WHAT IF YOU GOT IT FROM THE DEALERSHIP OFFICERS STILL SAY – NO DEAL

THE ISSUE IS BECOMING SO BAD THAT MERCED POLICE EVEN PUT OUT A TUTORIAL ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE SOT CG:Officer Craig McKeeman/Merced Police Department "the back windows are tinted at 24 percent What I'm finding is people are tinting the front windows as dark as the rear windows" BUT CAN YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EXCUSE? IN CERTAIN CASES, YES BUT EVEN THEN – THE TINT CAN NOT BE DARKER THAN A 35 PERCENT LIGHT TRANSPARANCY

THAT TRANSPARENCY LEVEL CAN BE DETERMINED BY A DEVICE USED BY CHP OFFICERS AND YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO GET RID OF IT QUICK "it's got to be readily removable like with a suction cup or a roller shade and you have to carry a doctors note with you" BUT IF YOU THINK YOU NEED TO GO DARK TO GET PROTECTION FROM THE SUN – THINK AGAIN CG: MIKE FUNK/US

TINT/SHADOW ENTERPRISES "This is the legal film in California, which is clear You can see our meter is going to show at 100 percent UVA But I put the tint over it and you see it's going to drop all the way down to 07 percent" U-S TINT OWNER MIKE FUNK HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS

FOR THIRTY FIVE YEARS HE SAYS JUST ABOUT EVERYDAY, CUSTOMERS COME IN WANTING TO GO DARK ON EVERY WINDOW MIKE SAYS HE JUST WON'T DO IT

"Bottom line we have to sleep at night It's unsafe when you drive around the neighborhood It's unsafe for you and the officer when they are approaching you car if you do get pulled over" LET ME SHOW THIS WINDOW TINT AGAIN AGAIN YOU DO NOT HAVE TO GO DARK TO GET PROTECTION FROM THE SUN THIS WINDOW TINT WILL GIVE YOU 95% PROTECTION FROM THE SUNS HARMFULL RAYS I FEEL COOLER ALREADY REMEMBER I'M ON YOUR SIDE, ERIK ROSALES CBS 47 EYEWITNESS NEWS KEN: ON THE WEATHER FRONT TOMORROW'S THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF SUMMER SO HOW ARE THINGS SHAPING UP? MARINA: HOUR BY HOUR WE WILL SEE A COOLER EVENING WITH A NICE