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Cheap Car Insurance in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Locate cheap car insurance in Green Bay, the oldest city in Wisconsin. The seat of Brown County, Green Bay reportedly was named for the algae that grew within the bay where it was founded. Best known today as the home of the Green Bay Packers, the city has held other interesting nicknames, including the “toilet paper capital of the world” after one of its many paper companies began advertising the first splinter-free toilet paper. Paper continues to be a big industry in Green Bay, which was also known for its large number of meat-packing companies (hence the name of its NFL team).

Driving Conditions in Green Bay

Interstate 43 from Milwaukee, about 115 miles south, and Interstate 41 from Appleton, 30 miles southwest, both terminate in Green Bay. Via the state highways, Minneapolis, Minn. is just over a four-hour drive to the west.

Within Green Bay, Ashland Avenue and Riverside Drive, which turns into Monroe Avenue, are major corridors, both running along opposite sides of the Fox River. Compared to average U.S. Cities commute of 25.2 minutes, Green Bay has a shorter commute time at just over 18 minutes, according to Census Bureau data. Current information on accidents, construction and weather-related delays is available by calling 511. Real-time traffic information also can be accessed at 511.wi.gov, and smartphone apps can be downloaded.

Unique Laws in Green Bay

Green Bay has ordinances banning domesticated animals from running loose, either on public or private property. The city also prohibits feeding feral animals, an ordinance that causes problems for organizations that use TNR — or trap, neuter and return — to control the feral cat population. The State of Wisconsin bans shooting feral cats.

Among noteworthy state laws, driving through fog without headlights in Wisconsin could draw a fine. Headlights are required during daytime when rain, fog or snow cuts visibility to less than 500 feet. Motorists also will be fined for using a cellphone in a construction zone. Drivers in Wisconsin should yield to cows on the right-of-way, since farm livestock has the right of way, and motorists will be charged a fine for camping on a public highway. Among more odd state laws, Wisconsin bans charging admission for toilets, throwing rocks at railway cars and selling colored baby chicks, ducklings or rabbits.

Green Bay Crime Statistics

Green Bay has a higher than average violent crime rate, but property crimes, particularly auto thefts, are below national averages.

Data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 2016 states there were 505 violent crimes in Green Bay, four of which were murder or non-negligent manslaughter. The local violent crime rate of 478 offenses per 100,000 residents is above the national average rate of 386 offenses per 100,000 people.

The property crime rate in Green Bay the same year was 2,186 offenses per 100,000 residents, which is below the U.S. average of 2,451 incidents per 100,000 residents. Within the city, only 87 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 82 incidents per 100,000 residents. The national average is 236 incidents per 100,000 people.

Green Bay safety requirements

All drivers and passengers in Wisconsin must wear seat belts, and police may stop and ticket drivers solely for seat belt violations, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Children under 5 and weighing 40 pounds or less must ride in a federally approved child seat. Children under 8 must ride in safety seats or boosters until they reach 80 pounds or are taller than 4 feet, 9 inches. Wisconsin bans texting while driving for all motorists. In addition, cellphone use while driving is banned for those with a probationary license or permit, but not for everyone else.

Green Bay impaired driving laws

Wisconsin has an absolute sobriety, or “Not a Drop,” law that applies to minors behind the wheel, which means those under 21 may not have a drop of alcohol in their system when operating a vehicle, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation states. Drivers are charged with an OWI, or operating while intoxicated if they are found to have a PAC (prohibited alcohol concentration) of .08 – or any controlled substance. First offenders face fines, license revocation of up to 9 months, interlock devices and possible time in sobriety programs. No matter your driving background, you can find cheap car insurance in Green Bay; contact us for more information.

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