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Welcome to West Virginia! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in West Virginia. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Points for a given infraction remain on a driver's record for two years after the date of the driver's conviction for that infraction; the infraction itself remains on a driver's record for five years.
West Virginia law mandates that all motorists driving on the state's public roads must carry motor vehicle liability insurance. The minimum amount of coverage, as provided by law is:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or when within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations when workers are present are subject to enhanced penalties of up to $200, 20 days in jail, or both.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of indicating that the vehicle is disabled or otherwise stopped for an emergency.
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.