Child Restraint & Seat Belt Laws

Changes to VA Child Passenger Law - Effective July 1, 2007
  • All children under age eight must be properly restrained in a child safety seat or booster seat.
  • Rear-facing child safety seats must be secured in the back seat of a vehicle.
  • Children cannot ride unrestrained in the rear cargo area of a vehicle.
  • Current Virginia Child Safety Seat Laws Fact Card
The law applies to anyone (parents, grandparents, babysitters, friends) who provides transportation for a child in any vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1968. Violations will result in a fine. Law enforcement officers can and will stop and ticket any driver of a vehicle where children under 16 years of age are not properly and safely secured.

For more information about the law or child passenger safety, visit one of the following sites:
Safety Seats to Use
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Rear-Facing Seat
From birth to at least one year and 20 pounds and reclined at a 45 degree angle
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Forward-Facing Seat
Age one and 20 pounds to about four and at least 40 pounds (seat weights may vary)
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High-Back Booster Seat
From age four to age eight and under 57" tall
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From age four to age eight and under 57" tall
Older Children
All children between eight and 18 must be properly restrained by a child restraint system or a safety belt. Violations will result in a fine.

Local Assistance
For additional information or for assistance with child seat installation, call the Danville Police Department's Crime Prevention Office by email or at 434.797.8898.