State Delegate Lionell Spruill has proposed a bill to the Virginia State Assembly that would outlaw replications of genitalia being displayed on motor vehicles. If the bill were signed into law, any violation would be subjected to a fine of $250.
The idea for the bill came to Spruill after his young daughter saw rubber testicles hanging from the trailer hitch of a pick-up truck and asked he father to explain.
I didn't know what to tell her,' Spruill said.
The rubber testicles are marketed on BullsBalls.com.
4th May 2008
A bill in Virginia, aimed at rubber trailer hitch replicas of human genitalia, died in committee this year.
Americans are wrestling with the question, whether the use of truck nuts constitutes obscenity or is a question of free expression.
The debate began when a South Carolina woman was ticketed for hanging a pair of gargantuan plastic testicles from the backup of her pickup truck. Virginia Tice was given the $445 ticket under the state's obscene bumper sticker law, according to
the Associated Press.
However, Tice has opted to let a jury trial decide whether having a big red pair of balls swinging from the back of your trailer hitch is a threat to public morals or if it's constitutionally protected freedom of speech.
WCSC quoted local police chief Franco Fuda explaining, Genitalia is offensive. As a law enforcement officer, I'll advise that if it warrants a citation, I'll issue a citation.
Locals have rallied to Tice's defence, with one telling the local ABC station that People have the right to freedom of speech. Fellow truck-nut swinger John Caddedl agreed it was a matter of personal expression. My truck's got power.