Can I be stopped just for driving without seatbelt?

I was pulled over for not wearing seatbelts. There were no other charges.

Asked on August 22, 2018 under General Practice, Virginia


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

In your state (Virgiania), if you are under 18, you can be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt: for minors, it is a "primary offense."
If you are 18 or over, it is only a "secondary offense": you cannot be pulled over for it, but if pulled over for another reason, may be ticketed.

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Although seatbelt laws vary from state to state, you can be stopped and ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt resulting in a fine for the violation.  If you don't know the amount of the fine, you can contact the court clerk for that information.

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