Gov. Youngkin signs bill banning ‘Carolina Squat’ auto modification after deadly crash

Gov. Youngkin signs bill banning ‘Carolina Squat’ auto modification after deadly crash

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill to ban the motor vehicle

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed a bill to ban the motor vehicle modification regarded as the “Carolina Squat” next a fatal crash past month.

The concern came to the forefront next 8News’ protection of the tragic death of Jody “BJ” Upton Jr., the 27-12 months-aged father killed in a collision involving a modified truck though on the way to function in Mecklenburg County on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

At a ceremony in Lynchburg on Monday, Youngkin was joined by the Upton Jr.’s household.

“Nothing is heading to carry BJ back again to us but our hope and our prayer is that this legislation staying signed now will preserve an individual else’s child,” said Betty Upton, BJ’s grandmother. 

The legislation prohibits modifications that consequence in the height of the front bumper becoming more than four inches increased than the top of the rear bumper. Opponents say it dangerously reduces the driver’s visibility.

Nikki Allman, BJ’s girlfriend, known as the “Carolina Squat” a big aspect in her boyfriend’s death.

“I definitely do feel that accident could have been prevented experienced the other driver been in a position to see and I’m just happy that no other family members will have to go via what our households went via. You know, no one else will drop their dad,” Allman reported.

The legislation was rapidly-tracked with wide bipartisan support immediately after the family members spoke out. 8News’ interviews with liked ones had been printed on flyers contacting for modify and spread during the Point out Capitol. 

“In buy to make our highways safer, in get to make Virginia safer, we ought to appear together and this is a second for us to arrive jointly with legislation,” Youngkin claimed. 

The legislation passed the two chambers with an unexpected emergency clause, meaning that the regulation will get result within just the future working day the moment it is formally communicated again to the Home Clerk’s Office and enrolled in the Act of Assembly.

Youngkin stated Virginia is the next state to ban the following-market car modification driving North Carolina. South Carolina is thinking about performing the identical.

Ann Taylor Kallam, BJ’s potential sister-in-regulation, hopes the country will take detect and get action.

“Just since it occurred in Virginia doesn’t mean it’s not gonna materialize in South Carolina. It doesn’t signify it is not heading to transpire in Florida. It can take place anyplace,” Kallam stated.

Invoice sponsor Sen. Mark Peake (R-Lynchburg) claimed the legislation will make the “Carolina Squat” a principal offense, which means law enforcement can halt a driver just for getting the modification. He reported it is punishable by a high-quality of up to $250, even though lawmakers may well contemplate growing the penalty in the 2023 session.

“It’s a new issue and so we want to see how several tickets there are, how motorists respond and what responses we get from regulation enforcement,” Peake said.