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New Mississippi Law Bans ‘Squatted Vehicles’ to Enhance Road Safety

Starting July 1, 2024, Mississippi will enforce a new law banning “squatted vehicles,” a popular yet controversial vehicle modification. House Bill 349 specifically targets vehicles with front fenders raised four or more inches higher than the rear fenders. This modification is often achieved by altering the suspension, frame, or chassis of the vehicle. The legislation, which received bipartisan support, aims to improve road safety by addressing visibility issues posed by such modifications. Drivers found operating squatted vehicles on public roads will face strict penalties: First offense: $100 fine Second offense: $200 fine Third and subsequent offenses: $300 fine and a one-year suspension of the driver’s license Governor Tate Reeves, who signed the bill into law, emphasized the importance of maintaining safe driving conditions for all road users. “Modifying vehicles in ways that affect visibility isn’t just risky for the driver but for everyone sharing the road,” Reeves stated. Mississippi joins a growing list of states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia, in prohibiting squatted vehicles. This move reflects a broader effort to curb dangerous driving practices and promote road safety.

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