The city appears to be experiencing an uptick in violence, the police department has announced extra patrols, a group of citizens protested police shootings of civilians over the weekend, and the Supreme Court just announced a decision that may overturn Chicago’s handgun ban.

So naturally this is the time for the City Council’s police and fire committee to ponder whether to increase fines for drivers with tinted windows.

The logic of the measure was best articulated by police spokeswoman Monique Bond: “Tinted windows are against the law anyway, so perhaps this will be a greater deterrent.”  

In fairness, though, the committee also had to decide [PDF] whether to donate a few old ambulances and fire trucks to communities that can use them.