June 24, 2024


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Virginia governor signs ‘Carolina Squat’ ban into law

Gov. Glenn Youngkin speaks at the Nationwide Heart for Balanced Veterans in Altavista, Va. ahead of his wife, very first girl of Virginia Suzanne Youngkin, provides the inaugural Spirit of Virginia Award on Monday, March 21, 2022. (Kendall Warner/The Information & Progress through AP)Kendall Warner/AP

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s governor signed into regulation Monday a ban on squatted vans just months immediately after a crash that left a 27-yr-outdated guy lifeless.

The legislation signed by Gov. Glenn Youngkin prohibits modifications that make a vehicle’s entrance bumper 4 or much more inches increased than the rear bumper. Critics of the modification — from time to time identified as the “Carolina Squat” — say the upward tilt may go away drivers not able to obviously see in advance. The governor’s office environment said Monday that the ban will become regulation within just the subsequent day right after a closing technological phase.

The family of Jody “BJ” Upton Jr., who was killed in a Feb. 16 crash in Mecklenburg County, pushed for the laws and joined the governor for the signing ceremony in Lynchburg. Virginia Point out Police reported the crash continues to be beneath investigation, such as whether or not modifications to the truck that strike Upton’s had been a contributing issue.

“Nothing can bring BJ again, but with religion, time and adore we can get started to heal from the pain of dropping him,” Youngkin explained in a assertion. “But the spirit of Virginia is potent, and when Virginians see a problem they appear together and act.”

A identical ban went into impact in North Carolina final 12 months.