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West Virginia Traffic Laws

Created by FindLaw's team of legal writers and editors.

Below you will find links to traffic laws and driving rules in West Virginia -- including the online vehicle code, statutes on common traffic violations, and state-specific driving manuals (where available).

Drinking & Driving Violations Operating under influence of alcohol (WV Code section 20-7-18b)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Drivers must be licensed (WV Code section 17B-2-1)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Required security (WV Code section 17D-2A-3)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Registration; misdemeanor to violate provisions of article (WV Code section 17A-3-1)
Illegal U-Turn Turning movements and required signals (WV Code section 17C-8-8)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Accidents involving damage to vehicle (WV Code section 17C-4-2)
Accidents involving death or personal injuries (WV Code section 17C-4-1)
Mechanical Violations Equipment (WV Code 17C-15-1 to 17C-15-50)
Unsafe and improperly equipped vehicles (WV Code section 17C-15-1)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving (WV Code section 17C-5-3)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Obedience to traffic control devices (WV Code section 17C-3-4)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Child passenger safety devices required (WV Code section 17C-15-46)
Operation of vehicles with safety belts (WV Code section 17C-15-49)
Speeding Speed limitations generally (WV Code section 17C-6-1)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Equipment (WV Code 17C-15-1 to 17C-15-50)
Unsafe and improperly equipped vehicles (WV Code section 17C-15-1)

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