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South Carolina bans 'Carolina Squat' truck modification

The "Carolina Squat," a popular truck modification where the front of a truck is raised higher than the rear, will soon be illegal in South Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The "Carolina Squat," a popular truck modification seen across the South will soon be banned in South Carolina. 

Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill into law Tuesday that will make the modification illegal across the Palmetto State. The Carolina Squat is when the front end of a truck or SUV is higher than the back end. North Carolina made the modification illegal in 2021

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The new law will take effect in 180 days. Until then, drivers in violation will be issued a warning. Once the law takes effect, drivers will not be allowed to have trucks or SUVs with front fenders more than 4 inches higher than the height of the rear fender. 

First violations of the law will result in a $100 fine, a second offense is $200 and a third time will lead to a $300 fine and the driver having their license suspended for a year. 

Law enforcement agencies have been in favor of banning the squat with officers saying it makes it difficult for drivers to see what's ahead of them. 

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