If you don’t know how dark your car’s windows are tinted, it’s time to have them checked. The Nevis branch of the police force announced on Thursday, Jan. 23, that enforcement of window tint laws will increase. All vehicle windows must allow 35 percent of the light to pass through. Otherwise, the police could impound the car and summon the driver to court. The maximum sentence for the offense is a $5,000 fine or six months in prison. Inspector Stephen Hector said the increase in enforcement is a response to Nevis’ increasing crime, which rose by 8 percent in 2013, according to a police press release. “We have experienced increasing crime in Nevis in particular in 2013,”he said. “There is a general perception that darkly tinted vehicles provide what I would term the opportunity for more serious and greater crimes to take place.”The tint law has been on the books for several years, but Hector said the police now are taking extra care to see that it’s enforced. “The law doesn’t want you to be basically driving a motor vehicle where the tint is so dark that it is not reasonable for somebody else to see you in your vehicle,”he said. “We all know that the presence of dark tinted windows on the road does in fact bring about a feeling of discomfort in communities.”Hector said he could not comment on any relationship between window tint and traffic safety. Window tint is measured by a handheld transmission device. Hector said customs and licensing authorities will begin inspecting cars for tint. In the future, cars with illegal tinting will not be eligible for import, and licensing authorities will deny certificates to those cars that are already on the island. According to Hector, asking multiple agencies to step up tint monitoring represents a broader approach to law enforcement. “It is not a case of just the police going out on the road and stopping people and saying, ‘Your tint is too dark,”he said. “It is now, basically, the responsibility of a number of agencies to ensure that we have compliance with the legislation.”