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LETTER OF THE DAY - Put restrictions on vehicle window tinting

Published:Monday | March 4, 2013 | 12:00 AM


It is reported that the criminals who snuffed out the life of former Deputy Superintendent of Police Denzil Boyd in Queensborough Gardens last Sunday waylaid him in a heavily tinted motor vehicle. This is not the first time that criminals in heavily tinted vehicles have committed heinous crimes, and it's unlikely to be the last.

The use of tint (and other materials) to conceal criminals in vehicles is well documented. Even schoolchildren are known to be drawn to minibuses with heavy tint, as they are considered to be more conducive for engaging in provocative behaviours.

Many of our road hogs are equipped with heavily tinted vehicles. It's as though these vehicles provide a certain degree of 'protection', to which the criminal-minded gravitate. Serious effort must, therefore, be made to deprive them of this option.

The bigger picture

While there may be justification for having a vehicle tinted, no one should be allowed to conceal the inside of a vehicle through the use of tint or any other material without receiving the approval of the police or the Island Traffic Authority. Such vehicles should be required to operate with a special permit.

The effort to fight crime must be multifaceted, and any measure that can diminish the activities of criminals must be considered. Persons who may be inconvenienced by this should think of the bigger picture.

The life that may be saved could be your own.