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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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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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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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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Increased penalty for high BAC

.15 and .20

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

7 days

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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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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15 / 6

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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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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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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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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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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

Executive Director

Job Purpose

The Executive Director for the Coalition of Ignition Interlock Manufacturers will work closely with the representatives of member organizations to advance industry-wide legislative priorities. The Executive Director is responsible for organizing and advancing state level legislation and lobbying that will enhance the industry’s nationwide reputation, as well as creating and maintaining strategic relationships with industry representatives and external stakeholders.

Social Media Manager

Responsibilities

  • Develop, manage, implement and measure day-to-day social media across the organization, ensuring our social efforts support the organization’s outreach goals by contributing to follower growth and community management
  • Work closely with the Manager of Digital Communications and our digital agency to ensure technical and strategic alignment of all digital efforts
  • Dutifully manage the content calendar, elevate the organization’s brand across all social, and push to produce thoughtful, creative and effective social content
  • Lead pro

Virginia Sees Uptick in Unbelted and Speed-Related Crashes During COVID-19 Pandemic

Total crash numbers are down in the Commonwealth during the few months we've been in a pandemic, but an uptick in unbelted and speed-related crashes and crash fatalities have increased, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Virginia Sees Uptick in Unbelted and Speed-Related Crashes During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Research Analyst

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) seeks an experienced Research Analyst to join their research team in Arlington, VA. HLDI and its affiliate organization, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, are independent, nonprofit organizations dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes. HLDI supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles.

Dead man, women walking: Pedestrian fatalities highest since 1990

Pedestrian deaths are projected to have risen across DC, Maryland and Virginia in 2018, according to GHSA's latest report. Kara Macek, Senior Director of Communications and Programs, discusses the behavioral and design changes needed to address this issue.

Dead man, women walking: Pedestrian fatalities highest since 1990

Story by Neal Augenstein
February 28, 2019

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