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EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010

3 NEW CHANGES TO

VA CHILD PASSENGER LAW

  1. All children under age eight must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.
  2. Rear-facing child safety seats must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle.
  3. Children can not ride unrestrained in the rear cargo area of a vehicle.

VIOLATIONS WILL RESULT IN A $50 FINE!

 


 

Does this affect me?

The law applies to anyone (i.e. parents, grandparents, babysitters, friends) who provide transportation for a child in any vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1968.

What type of safety seat should I use?

 

Rear-Facing Seat

Forward-Facing Seat

Backless Booster Seat

High Back Booster Seat

 

 

 

 

Birth to at least 1 year AND at least 20 pounds

Age 1 to about 4 AND at least 20 pounds

About age 4 to 8 AND under 4-feet 9-inches tall

What about my older children?

All children between their 8th and 18th birthday must be properly restrained by a child restraint system or a safety belt.  Violations will result in a $50 fine.

Remember...

Law enforcement officers can and will stop and ticket any driver of a vehicle where children under 18 years of age are not properly and safely secured.

For more information about this law or child passenger safety contact the Virginia Department of Health, Division of Injury and Violence Prevention.  1-800-732-8333 or visit www.vahealth.org/civp and www.safetyseatva.org 

Click here to download a PDF version of the above information.

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