The Virginia Highway Safety Office and the Office of the Sheriff encourages everyone to wear their seat belts during every trip.
Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death during a crash.
The best defense against impaired, aggressive and distracted drivers, seat belts hold drivers and passengers in place, helping the driver maintain control during a collision.
Seat belts keep the driver from pitching forward into the steering wheel, dashboard and windshield, and keep everyone from being ejected and from flying around the vehicle injuring others.
Virginia law requires all front seat occupants of motor vehicles be restrained, and any passenger from birth to 18 years old be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat or seat belt, no matter their seating position. Virginia law also requires that rear-facing child safety seats be placed in the back seat of a vehicle.