Last week, a stronger seat belt bill crashed in the Senate Transportation Committee of the Virginia Legislature. The bill, introduced by Senator George Barker (D-Fairfax), would have required seat belt use by passengers in the back seat of a vehicle and would have changed failure to use seat belts from a secondary offense to a primary offense. The members of the committee voted along party lines – six Republicans voted to kill the bill; five Democrats voted to keep it alive.
Virginia’s Current Seat Belt Law
A federal law passed in 1968 requires seat belts to be installed in all vehicles. This law was amended to require the kind of three-point restraint in all seating positions. It is to be noted that the law mandates that the seat belts be installed. There is no federal law that requires the use of these seat belts. [Read more…]