In West Virginia, over the last 5 years, there has been an average of 345 motor vehicle fatalities on the State’s roadways. The yearly average number of these fatalities that were ejected from the vehicle is 123, almost 36%, many of who would have likely survived had they been belted.
The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) promotes Occupant Protection Programs such as Click It Or Ticket and WV Lifesavers to enforce the message to all motor vehicle drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts.
For an informational brochure about occupant protection, click here.
A person may not operate a passenger vehicle on a public street or highway of this state unless the person, any passenger in the back seat under eighteen years of age, and any passenger in the front seat of the passenger vehicle is restrained by a safety belt meeting applicable federal motor vehicle safety standards.
Through July 8, 2013 the seat belt law is a secondary offense; this means that enforcement of the seat belt law is accomplished only as a secondary action when the driver of a passenger vehicle has been detained by probable cause of violating another law.
As of July 9, 2013, the law becomes a primary offense; which means that no other action of probable cause, other than the lack of use of the proper seat belt restrain system, is required in order to be cited for violation of the seat belt law.
For complete details on the WV seat belt law click here.