Do I have to wear a seat belt?

The short answer is “Yes.” The long answer is that the law in Virginia requires all persons 16 years or older occupying the front seat of a motor vehicle to wear their seat belts while the vehicle is in motion. There are exceptions for those with medical problems (you must have a signed statement by a doctor) and for certain professions such as mail carriers and newspaper deliverers. In addition, if you are the driver, you are responsible for ensuring that anyone less than 18 years old except for those required to be secured in a child restraint are properly fastened.