Safety belts; makes nonuse thereof a primary offense. (SB9)

Introduced By

Sen. Harry Blevins (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Safety belts.  Makes nonuse of safety belts a primary offense. Amends § 46.2-1094, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


  • 12/10/2009 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10100095D
  • 12/10/2009 Referred to Committee on Transportation
  • 01/21/2010 Reported from Transportation (10-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/25/2010 Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/26/2010 Read second time and engrossed
  • 01/27/2010 Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 16-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/17/2010 Placed on Calendar
  • 02/17/2010 Read first time
  • 02/17/2010 Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
  • 02/18/2010 Assigned MPPS sub: #2
  • 02/25/2010 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (3-Y 1-N)
  • 02/26/2010 Tabled in Militia, Police and Public Safety


This bill mentions Lynchburg.


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 3 minutes.


James writes:

Im a soverign person and reject the notion that this is for my own good. How dare they tell me what I HAVE to do or face fines/jail time should it not get paid for not wearing a seatbelt. This has no affect on others wether I wear my seat belt or not. I wont be hurt others by not wearing my seat belt. The question others need to ask is, Is this something you would personally throw in jail or force them to pay a fine for not doing?

robert legge writes:

What is the practical effect of this measure. As I understand it, you can be charged with not wearing a belt if it is in the course of a regular stop. But they can't pull you over simply because they see you not wearing the belt. This measure would apparently change that so that if they did see you not wearing your belt they could pull you over?

Claire Gastanaga writes:

This bill would allow police officers to pull you over simply because you aren't wearing a seat belt. As in the past, the bill raises serious concerns about the potential for bias in enforcement.

Margaret writes:

I am opposed to this bill.

When we agreed to the original seat belt legislation, we were told it would not be used as a primary reason for stopping vehicles.

Now they are slowly attempting to take away our freedoms. If I choose not to wear a seat-belt that's my own stupidity but don't try and legislate every little thing.