In West Virginia, over the last five years, there have been an average of 345 motor vehicle fatalities on the state’s roadways. The yearly average number of fatalities that were ejected from the vehicle is 123, nearly 36%, many of whom would have likely survived had they been properly belted.
The West Virginia Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) promotes Occupant Protection Programs such as Click It Or Ticket and child passenger safety to enforce the message to all motor vehicle drivers and passengers to buckle their seat belts.
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.
As of July 9, 2013, the law is 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.
Click here for complete details on the West Virginia seat belt law.