CARS with blacked-out windows are risking lives, police in Huddersfield have warned.
Traffic officers checked dozens of cars and trucks in Huddersfield yesterday in a crackdown on vehicles flouting the law.
Seven vehicles were found to be breaking the law by having an eye-straining tint on their windscreens.
One car allowed a paltry 18% daylight through its heavily blacked-out windows - meaning the driver was travelling virtually blind at night.
The law says windows must permit 70% daylight through.
Pc Pete Doyle was leading the checks yesterday in the Leeds Road retail estate car park.
Officers patrolling the area were joined by engineers from the Vehicle Inspectorate and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency staff who examined cars for defects or number plates which had been tampered with.
Pc Doyle said of the interior of the blacked-out car: "It was like driving at night-time.
"And that's during the day when it's sunny."
The driver was ordered to take the film off his windows immediately.
On Leeds Road, automatic number plate recognition cameras instantly checked vehicles for lack of tax, catching 24 wrongdoers.
Meanwhile, eight vehicles were found to have number plates which had been altered. The Vehicle Inspectorate checked 32 cars, with nine deemed to be unroadworthy.
Police stopped a further 20 cars for offences ranging from drivers using mobile to not wearing seatbelts or driving with defective lights.
Vehicle checks are now running virtually every week in Huddersfield.
Anyone with information about driving offences can telephone Pc Mark Senior in complete confidence at the Huddersfield Road Traffic Department on 01484 436852.