The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding motorists that there are specific rules when it comes to tinting of vehicle windows.

While many people have their windows tinted to reduce incoming glare and sunlight, a dark tint can hide the lack of seatbelt use, Distracted Driving or, in a worst case scenario, a weapon.

Section 73 (3) of the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario states:

• No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a highway where the surface of the windshield or of any window of the vehicle has been coated with any colour spray or other colour coating in such a manner as to obstruct the driver’s view of the highway or any intersecting highway. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 73 (2).

• No person shall drive on a highway a motor vehicle on which the surface of the windshield or of any window to the direct left or right of the driver’s seat has been coated with any coloured spray or other coloured or reflective material that substantially obscures the interior of the motor vehicle when viewed from outside the motor vehicle. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 73 (3).

The OPP urges drivers/vehicle owners to be cautious when having their vehicle’s windows tinted with an aftermarket coating.

While local shops will provide whatever level of tint you wish, it is the owner/driver’s to ensure the vehicle meets the legal requirement.

Members of the Russell County OPP will focus on tinted windows and dangerous driving behaviours. When an officer on patrol has difficulty seeing a driver, the vehicle is subject to be stopped and the driver charged. The fine is $110.

To learn more about this and other regulations under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, visit or contact the Russell County OPP Traffic Unit at 1-888-310-1122.