Want to tint your car windows? The government won’t allow much.

– Can you imagine if the government regulated how much tint was allowed in your sunglasses? Periodically an officer might stop you and use a device to check and make sure your particular pair of Ray-Bans were up to code Sounds silly right? But that's exactly what happens when it comes to the tint on our vehicle windows

Currently, Utah law says that at least 43% of exterior light must be able to pass through your front side windows That percentage is quite high compared to our neighboring states, none of which go above 35% New Mexico goes as low as 20% Why have a stronger tint in the first place? Among other reasons, heat and privacy Record breaking temperatures in Utah give us plenty of opportunity to try and reduce heat coming into our cars, especially when children or pets are inside

And privacy is no less important For example, if a mother wants to breastfeed away from the public eye, a stronger tint would provide more privacy as she sits in the parking lot In the end, it's your car, your property Having a stronger tint should not be such a big government hurdle This year, senator Lincoln Fillmore ran a bill to allow a stronger tint

His bill first tried to lower the minimum light level to 25% then compromising at 35% In the end the bill failed to pass Either percentage would be an improvement over what Utah's law currently allows So stay tuned for another attempt next year Until then, we'll continue to try and throw some shade on government regulation

For Libertas Institute, I'm Nichelle Aiden

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