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Helmets are required for all riders.
There is no statewide helmet law. However, the following jurisdictions do adhere to limited bicycle helmet laws based on age.
- Albemarle County
- City of Alexandria
- Amherst County
- Arlington County
- Clarke County
- City of Falls Church
- Floyd County
- City of Hampton
- James City County
- Town of Luray
- City of Manassas
- City of Manassas Park
- City of Norfolk
- Orange County
- City of Petersburg
- Prince William County
- Stafford County
- Town of Vienna
- Town of Wise
- York County
You must turn on your headlights:
- Between sunset and sunrise
- Whenever you use your windshield wipers
A modulating headlight is permitted for daytime use.
When riding between sunset and sunrise, your bicycle must be equipped with a white headlight that's visible from up to 500 feet. Your bicycle must also possess a red rear reflector visible from up to 600 feet.
Intermediate license holders (teen drivers) are banned from using cell phones while driving.
Texting is banned for all drivers. And as of July 1, 2013 it's now a primary offense. This means police can pull you over if they suspect you of texting while driving. The fine is $125 for the first offense, and $250 for subsequent offenses.
- All kids under the age of eight must ride in a secured safety seat that's federally approved.
- Kids between eight and 15 must use a safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt.
- It is the driver's responsibility to make sure all kids 15 and under are properly secured.
Contact the Virginia State Police by dialing "#77" on your cell phone to report a drunk or dangerous driver. If possible provide the vehicle's license plate number, make, location and travel direction.
Call 911 if you suspect that an unattended child left in a locked vehicle is in danger. Remain at the vehicle until authorities arrive.
Call either the local police department or animal control unit if you sense that an unattended pet in a parked car is in danger. Provide the car's location, license plate number, make and model.Other Topics in This Section
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- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
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- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
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