Spend as much time in courts as I do (as an observer and reporter) and you will notice a disturbing trend: Nearly every traffic ticket involving a teen-aged driver includes a charge of not wearing a seat belt.
Driving or riding in a vehicle without a seat belt is nothing less than an invitation to die. In the last three months, more than dozen teenage drivers and riders have died on Southwestern Virginia roads and not one was wearing a seat belt in the crash.
To make matters worse, the Virginia General Assembly refuses to make not wearing a seat a “primary law,” which means a cop needs another reason to stop you before he or she can write you up for not wearing a seat belt.
Call it a case of double stupidity: the lunacy of our elected legislators and the foolishness of kids who think they are invincible.