Virginia

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Virginia. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes AV testing.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1970.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

8 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

75 and over: renewal every 5 years in person with vision test (in person or physician report)

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Increased penalty for high BAC

.15 and .20

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

7 days

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Limited driving privileges during suspension
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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for repeat convictions; highly incentivized for first convictions

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Open container laws

No

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Repeat Offender Laws

yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 years old in rear-facing seat (or until minimum weight requirement reached)
7 yrs or under
Children in rear-facing devices must be in a rear seat if available - otherwise, in front only if front passenger airbag is deactivated

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-17 yrs (4-7 yrs with physician's exemption)

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

9

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

45 (15)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16 / 3

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 4 a.m. (secondary enforcement)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 12 months: no more than 1 under 21 (secondary enforcement)
Thereafter: no more than 3 under 21 under certain conditions (secondary enforcement)

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15 / 6

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Type of Law

Secondary; Primary for occupants under 18

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Who is Covered?

All drivers; passengers 18 and over

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In What Seat?

Front
Under 18: All (primary enforcement)

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law. (eff. 1/1/21)

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Secondary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School crossing zones and highway work zones

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide; no more than one intersection for every 10,000 residents in each community, except for communities under the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, which are allowed systems at not more than 10 intersections or no more than one intersection for every 10,000 residents, whichever is greater

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

Per se >0 for some drugs

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Illegal

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

Engineering Technician

Summary

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) seeks an Engineering Technician to join our dummy lab team in Ruckersville, VA.

The Engineer Technician will work with other members of the Vehicle Research Center crash test team to ensure that all tests are properly prepared and conducted on schedule. Responsibilities will include maintenance, repair and pre-test positioning of test dummies used in the Institute’s consumer information and research crash test programs.

Director of Production for Creative Services

Responsibilities

  • Serves as chief liaison between the creative team and internal clients
  • Serve as steward and protector of the organizations’ visual brands
  • Owns “InMotion” creative project management tool
  • Manages the workflow of the creative team – assigns each request to the appropriate team member, establishes project timelines, and vigilantly adheres to agreed deadlines and project milestones
  • Pushes to elevate and appropriately strengthen/push-the-envelope with our creative within the parameters of the brand guide
  • Working

Speeding Increases During Pandemic, Prompting Safety Groups To Take Action

When driving at high speeds, crashes are more likely to occur and more deadly when they do. In a recent year, the death toll in the United States as a result of speed-related collisions was nearly 9,500 lives, about 26% of traffic fatalities.

Speeding Increases During Pandemic, Prompting Safety Groups To Take Action

Story by Tanya Mohn
March 9, 2021

After Rise in Speeding During Pandemic, Groups Launch Initiatives to Slow Drivers Down

Three national roadway safety organizations — the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and National Road Safety Foundation (NRSF) — are partnering to fund and evaluate pilot projects by two states to reduce speeding.

After Rise in Speeding During Pandemic, Groups Launch Initiatives to Slow Drivers Down

GHSA News Release
March 4, 2021

Digital Outreach Coordinator

 

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is seeking a full-time Digital Outreach Coordinator to join our communications team at the Institute’s Vehicle Research Center in Ruckersville, VA.

The Digital Outreach Coordinator will support the Institute’s communications goals through social media outreach, community management and other digital marketing efforts.

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