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Cheap Car Insurance in Carlsbad, California

Locate cheap car insurance in Carlsbad, a seaside city in north San Diego County. Home to about 113,000 residents within roughly 40 square miles, Carlsbad is a popular tourist destination and home to Legoland California, which opened there in 1999. The city incorporated in 1952 to avoid annexation by neighboring Oceanside and today is considered among the nation’s wealthiest communities. Major industries in Carlsbad are information technology, video game development, manufacturing, robotics, tourism and real estate.

Driving Conditions in Carlsbad

In 2014, the Carlsbad was ranked as No. 9 on a list of most stressful cities in California to live in, based on factors such as crime, divorce rates and commuting time – which in Carlsbad is about 29 minutes. The commute is above the U.S. average by about three minutes, according to Census Bureau data. But this is somewhat to be expected: Carlsbad lies about 85 miles south of Los Angeles and 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. A particularly dense section of town is Carlsbad Village, a popular downtown district featuring restaurants, clubs and shopping. The city’s main corridor is Carlsbad Village Drive, known as CVD among locals. It stretches from Interstate 5 to the beach about a mile away. The scenic Pacific Coast Highway passes through Carlsbad. Live traffic cams and maps can be found online at

Unique Laws in Carlsbad

The Carlsbad City Council in 2017 passed an emergency ordinance providing after-hours access to portable restrooms and hand-washing stations in public parks for the homeless due to a recent Hepatitis A outbreak in nearby San Diego. Also in 2017, the city banned commercial selling or growing of marijuana (Recreational use of marijuana was legal in the state of California as of January 2018.)

Newcomers are often pleased to learn that California’s liquor laws are not nearly as strict as other states, with sales allowed at nearly all hours, plus Sundays. They should also take note that California drivers who smoke with a minor 17 and under in the car can be fined up to $100, according to the California Health and Safety Code.

Carlsbad Crime Statistics

According to data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 2016, there were 209 violent crimes in Carlsbad that year, and a murder rate of zero. The local violent crime rate of 182 offenses per 100,000 residents is less than half the average violent crime rate of 386 offenses per 100,000 in the U.S. The property crime rate in Carlsbad was 1,902 offenses per 100,000 residents, also below the U.S. average of 2,451 incidents per 100,000 residents. Within the city, 167 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 145 incidents per 100,000 residents. The national average is 236 incidents per 100,000 people.

Carlsbad Safety Requirements

California law requires children younger than 2 to be secured in a rear-facing safety seat, unless they weigh more than 40 pounds or at least 40 inches tall. All children under age 8 or shorter than 4 feet 9 inches tall must ride in a federally-approved restraint system.

Since 2017, drivers have been banned from using a hand-held device while driving – even to access GPS. Instead, GPS systems must be mounted within the car. Minors may not use cellphones while driving unless in an emergency.

According to the California Office of Traffic Safety, the “Click It Or Ticket” program ensures drivers they will receive a ticket if they or their passengers do not wear safety belts.

Carlsbad Impaired Driving Laws

Drivers in California be charged with driving under the influence if they are found to have a blood alcohol content, or BAC, of .08 or higher, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. For those driving vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license, the BAC threshold falls to .04 whether the driver holds a commercial driver’s license or not. Any trace of alcohol – or a BAC is .01 – can result in charges for those under 21 or those on DUI probation. If arrested, a driver may immediately lose his license and be issued a temporary one for 30 days. No matter your background, contact us for cheap auto insurance rates in Carlsbad.

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