VA seat belt and child passenger laws


    

Fairfax County Police Department
Reston District Station

12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
703-478-0904. TTY 711. Fax 703-318-9872
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/stations/reston
Date Released 11/08/12
Contact: Katy Defoe: 703-478-0904
Information Bulletin: Description

 

 

Virginia's Seat Belt and Child Passenger Safety Laws

Updated July 2010

 

VIRGINIA'S PASSENGER SAFETY BELT LAW
( Code of Virginia Article 12 - Section 46-2)

 

The major requirements of Virginia's Child Safety Belt Law:

Children age 8 through age 17 (until age 18) must be belted correctly in vehicle safety belts, in vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1968. Exemptions are taxicabs, school buses, executive sedans and limousines.

This safety belt law is primary enforcement -- no other violation need be committed prior to ticketing for failure to have a child correctly buckled up.

A $25 civil penalty fine will be imposed.

 

 

VIRGINIA'S CHILD RESTRAINT DEVICE LAW
( Code of Virginia Article 13 - Section 46.2)

The major requirements of Virginia's Child Safety Seat Law:

Child restraint devices are required for children through the age of seven (until 8th birthday). Safety seats must be properly used and approved by Department of Transportation standards. There is no height or weight requirement associated with this law. The Virginia law is based solely on age.

Rear-facing child restraint devices must be placed in the back seat of a vehicle. In the event the vehicle does not have a back seat, the child restraint device may be placed in the front passenger seat only if the vehicle is either not equipped with a passenger side airbag or the passenger side airbag has been deactivated.

Children can no longer ride unrestrained in the rear cargo area of vehicles.

The law applies to anyone (i.e. parents, grandparents, babysitters, and friends) who provides transportation for a child in any vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1968. Public transportation (taxis, buses), regulation school buses, and farm vehicles are exempted.

The child restraint law is primary enforcement -- no other violation need be committed prior to ticketing for failure to have a child in an approved seat.

A $50 civil penalty fine is imposed for failure to have a child in a child restraint device. Any person found guilty a second or subsequent time, on different dates, will be fined up to $500. An additional $20 civil penalty fine is assessed when persons transporting a child exempted from this law due to medical reasons do not carry a written statement of the exemption. All fines collected go into a special fund to purchase safety seats for low-income families.

There are assistance programs for low-income residents who cannot afford a safety seat. Contact Virginia Department of Health, Division of Injury and Violence Prevention at 1-800-732-8333 for more information.

 

 

VIRGINIA'S PASSENGER SAFETY BELT LAW
 ( Code of Virginia Article 12 - Section 46-2)

The major requirements of Virginia's Child Safety Belt Law:

Children age 8 through age 17 (until age 18) must be belted correctly in vehicle safety belts, in vehicles manufactured after January 1, 1968. Exemptions are taxicabs, school buses, executive sedans and limousines.

This safety belt law is primary enforcement -- no other violation need be committed prior to ticketing for failure to have a child correctly buckled up.

VIRGINIA'S PICKUP TRUCK LAW
( Code of Virginia Section 46.2 - 1156.1)

No person under age 16 shall be transported in the rear cargo area of a pickup truck.

There are exemptions for certain parades and farming operations.

 

 

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To request this information in an alternate format, call the Reston District Station at 703.478.0904.  TTY 711

 

 

 

 

 


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