UPDATE - Number of Citations Written Released to WGNS NEWS: Murfreesboro Police and the Rutherford County Traffic Safety Task Force recently cracked down on those who had window tinting that was too dark or on the windshield of their vehicle.
Tennessee law states that it is unlawful to operate any motor vehicle in which any window has a visible light transmittance equal to but not less than 35-percent.
During Operation Illegal Tint on September 17th, 80-citations were written by authorities. Of that number, only 2 were for window tint violations. However, 24-citations were written to drivers who were caught driving while using their cellphone and 17-citations were written to motorist for not wearing their seat-belt.
List of Citations Filed on Sept. 17, 2021:
• 24-Handsfree Law (Cellphone in Hand)
• 17-Seatbelt Violation
• 1-Child Restraint Violation
• 11-Registration Improper / Without
• 3-Move Over Law (Not Moving Over for Emergency Personnel)
• 5-Improper Lane Change
• 1-Improper Passing
• 9-Driving Without No Insurance
• 2-Tint Issue / Too Dark-
• 3-Driving Without a License
• 80-Total Citations Written
One Arrest Made During Operation
While window tint was the spark that led to the operation, the event ended up netting one arrest. Police caught one man who allegedly decided to run from the law.
As an officer was writing a citation, 26-year-old Charles D. Valentine allegedly ran a red light at W. Northfield Blvd. and struck another vehicle.
Public Information Officer Larry Flowers told WGNS, “Valentine then ran away from the scene - into the Kroger parking lot. Officers tracked him down behind Georgetown Wine and Spirits on W. Northfield Blvd. He surrendered and was taken into custody. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries from the crash.”
Valentine was handcuffed and booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center. The Nashville resident now faces a total of 7-charges for everything from failing to have proof of car insurance to felony evading arrest.
List of Charges Valentine Faces:
• Felony Evading
• Misdemeanor Evading
• Leaving the Scene
• Simple Possession Schedule VI
• Driving on Revoked/Suspended License
• Proof of Financial Responsibility
• Failure to obey a sign or signal (City Citation)