Cheap Car Insurance in Oakland, California

Oakland is located in the San Francisco Bay area in Northern California. The city was incorporated in 1852 and grew as an agricultural area. Oakland represents the largest port in the area and is easily accessible from San Francisco. The city's proximity to the San Andreas fault has made it susceptible to strong, damaging earthquakes.

Driving Conditions in Oakland

Traffic studies conducted by INRIX have found that commuters in the Oakland area face the second-worst commute times in the entire country. Commuters in the San Francisco and Oakland areas spend an average of 61 extra hours stuck in traffic every year. A high population density and a recovering economy are thought to be the primary reasons for the congestion.

Unique Laws in Oakland

Anyone who is driving with an animal in the car should take care to follow a California law about leaving animals unattended in a closed vehicle. Penalties for disobeying the law include a fine of up to $20,000 and jail time, so it is important for drivers to keep their animals safe from heat and dehydration while on the go.

Oakland Crime Statistics

- Auto Thefts

FBI data indicates that there were 6,305 auto thefts in Oakland in 2011.

- Property Crimes

A total of 20,904 property crimes occurred in Oakland in 2011.

- Drunk Driving

The California Highway Patrol reveals that there were 173 DUI-related injuries and 14 DUI-related deaths in Oakland in 2010.

Oakland Vehicle and Driving Safety Requirements

The Governors Highway Safety Association is an organization that aims to make drivers safer by providing them with detailed information about state driving requirements. California does not permit the use of cell phones without a headset. Drivers who have not yet reached the age of 18 cannot use a cell phone while driving.

Children must be placed in a proper restraint if they are under the age of eight. All other passengers and the driver of a vehicle must use a seat belt while the vehicle is in motion. Laws related to motorcyclists require riders to wear a helmet for safety.

Impaired Driving Laws in Oakland

Every state has adopted a uniform blood alcohol content (BAC) limit that determines whether a person is driving under the influence. Driving with a BAC level of .08 or more is illegal. The consequences for a DUI charge in California include fines, jail time, license suspension and ignition locks.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles advises drivers that they will have their license immediately suspended after being pulled over for a DUI. Total suspension time ranges from four months to three years.

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  • John Allen


    5301 Claremont Ave
    Oakland, CA 94618
    (510) 658-2722
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