For Students

What you don't know can hurt you. Spend some time finding out what your rights and responsibilities are under Virginia law.


Welcome to the Students' Portal

Take advantage of the information on this site, and you have a clear advantage in life. Why? Because not knowing about the laws that affect you is like trying to play a sport without knowing the rules – you can't possibly win. Virginia's laws govern everyone, but it's good to know which laws have particular importance for teens.

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Saying No to Gangs

Have you been approached by a gang member; asked to do something that you know is illegal and wrong? Read the section on gangs to find out more about what's legal and illegal, and how to avoid gangs.

Stop the texts. Stop the wrecks

Distracted driving is a teen killer

A 2011 study shows drivers who write text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to crash than non-texting drivers. State attorneys general, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Ad Council joined together to unveil a public service announcement campaign, urging young adults to "Stop the texts and stop the wrecks."

According to a national survey conducted by the Ad Council, 82 percent of young adult drivers aged 16-24 have read a text message while driving. Additionally, NHTSA reports that 16 percent of all drivers younger than age 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) reports that a texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-texting driver.

Distracted driving is the number one killer of American teens.

The Ad Council's national survey also found that 75 percent of young adult drivers have sent a text message while driving; 49 percent have done it multiple times. 50 percent of respondents said that during the past month, they have been a passenger when a friend was texting while driving.

"Research has shown that using a cell phone delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of 0.08," said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council.

Check out the website at to find facts about the impact of texting while driving, as well as tips for how to curb the behavior.

Virginia Rules Website Goals

  • Deliver accurate, current law education curriculum for instructors of teens with the goal of reducing criminal and behavioral problems in schools and communities.
  • Provide a central resource for all agencies of the Commonwealth for teen and family law related education. 
  • Be a resource for teens and their parents for applicable law in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Encourage instructors to prioritize their instruction by viewing data available which will show statistics by school and student of behavioral and criminal problems.
  • Provide downloadable work book information and lesson plans by subject to address individual instructor, school, school district and community priorities for targeted behaviors and crimes. 
  • Provide a means of reviewing instruction which over time may have changed by providing statistics reported by student, school district, and community.
  • Provide a resource which will encourage a community of adults and teens committed to positive character building across the Commonwealth.

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