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Cheap Car Insurance in Portland, Oregon

Portland is the largest city in Oregon and was incorporated in 1851. The city was originally settled because of its location at the end of the Oregon Trail. The climate in Portland is conducive to growing roses and has made the city famous for the flowers. Portland is known for its environmentally-conscious population and rich cultural opportunities.

Driving Conditions in Portland

The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises drivers that the local government works to provide regular preventative maintenance on roads to keep adverse driving conditions from happening in the first place. However, this maintenance occasionally interferes with commutes. Information about maintenance is provided by the city. Drivers can find current information about road closures at the website of the Federal Highway Administration.

Odd Laws in Portland

Laws in the state of Oregon dictate that a person may be cited for leaving a vehicle door open for an extended period of time. A person may receive a ticket if they leave their car door open for longer than it takes a person to get in and out of the vehicle.

Portland Crime Statistics

- Auto Thefts

The FBI has gathered crime statistics that reveal that there were 3,225 auto thefts in Portland in 2011. This means that there were 5.5 auto thefts per 1,000 residents.

- Property Crimes

There were 30,022 property crimes in Portland in 2011. This means that there were 50.9 property crimes per 1,000 residents.

- Crash Statistics

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were 11,288 traffic crashes in Portland in 2011.

Portland Vehicle and Driving Safety Requirements

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, all drivers are banned from texting in the state of Oregon. Drivers must use a headset in order to use a cell phone while driving, and people under the age of 18 may not use a cell phone at all.

Seat belts are required at all times. Children under the age of eight are required to use a booster seat or car seat while riding in a vehicle. Universal helmet laws in the state of Oregon require motorcyclists to wear a helmet at all times.

Impaired Driving Laws in Portland

State law in Oregon defines driving under the influence as driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 or greater. Penalties for offenders depend on whether the offender has been convicted of a DUI in the past.

- First-time offenders face a fine of up to $1,000

- Second-time offenders face a fine of up to $1,500

- Third-time offenders face a fine of up to $2,000

License suspension and jail time may also be ordered. Felony offenders are required to serve a minimum sentence of 90 days.

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