The Virginia Highway Safety Office wants to remind you that seat belts are your best defense during a crash. The primary function of the seat belt is to prevent ejection and spread crash forces over a wider part of the body to reduce injury and fatality. In fact, with the proper use of seat belts you are 40% less likely to be fatally injured during a crash.
With these odds, why wouldn't you buckle up? Virginia law requires seat belt use for drivers and front seat passengers 18 years of age and older, and ALL passengers younger than 18, but make sure that all passengers in the vehicle are properly buckled up whether they are in the front seat or the back.