Fairfax Co. Police to crackdown on seat belt laws

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County Police want drivers to buckle up.

Beginning this week, county police are implementing a zero tolerance enforcement effort on seat belt use.

The enforcement wave will continue through June 5.

Police say that one in five Virginians fails to regularly wear their seat belt. But more than half of fatalities on Virginia roadways involve motorists who were not buckled up.

Virginia law requires seat belt use for drivers and front seat passengers 18 years and older. All passengers younger than 18 must buckle up, front seat or back.

Despite the enforcement plans, Virginia law allows police to issue a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt only as a secondary offense, meaning a driver must first be pulled over for some reason other than the seat belt.