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Cheap Car Insurance in Jackson, Mississippi

Find cheap car insurance in Jackson, also known as the “City with Soul.” Home to about 170,000 residents, Jackson is the capital and largest city in Mississippi, roughly halfway between Dallas, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia. With roots in gospel, blues and R&B, Jackson’s many historic juke joints earned it a place on the Mississippi Blues Trail — and a song of the same name most famously sung by Johnny Cash. Sitting atop an extinct volcano and along the Pearl River, Jackson was the site of the Woolworth’s sit-in of 1963.

Driving Conditions in Jackson

Interstate 20 runs through Jackson, providing a direct connection with Vicksburg to the east and Meridian to the west. In Jackson, it intersects with Interstate 55, a major north-south corridor originating in New Orleans, 186 miles to the south. Interstate 220 connects the two interstates on the north and west sides of the city. Jackson’s average commute time of 24 minutes is about 2 minutes shorter than the national average. Traffic updates, maps and alerts are available at mdottraffic.com.

Unique Laws in Jackson

It may be easy to take candy from a baby, but an old Mississippi law prohibits it. Other entertaining laws prohibit throwing your dentures at others while in a restaurant, interrupting a church service, having more than one illegitimate child or use profanity in a public place.

Among the state’s more useful laws, recently passed regulations require drivers in the left lane either be passing another car or turning left, and no one may ride in the back of a pickup.

Jackson Crime Statistics

The Jackson metro area was ranked 90th on a list of worst cities for auto theft in 2016 published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. The city reported 1,560 cases of auto theft in 2016, or a rate of 298 incidents per 100,000 people. The national average is 220 per 100,000 people. Jackson in 2014 had the fourth highest murder rate in the country, according to FBI data, dropping to No. 6 in 2016. The city last year reported a 17 percent drop in property crime and a 1.4 percent decrease in violent crimes.

Jackson Safety Requirements

A newly enacted Mississippi law requires everyone in the car to wear a seat belt instead of only the driver and front seat passengers as in the past. Another 2017-enacted law bans riding in the back of a pickup. In 2015, Mississippi became the 45th state to prohibit texting while driving. Babies up to age 1 or 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing infant seat, and children through age 4 must ride in a child safety seat. Ages 4 through 7 should be in an appropriate fitting booster seat.

Jackson Impaired Driving Laws

Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher are charged with driving under the influence, according to the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety. A DUI will stay on your record for five years, meaning additional convictions will increase penalties. The BAC drops to .02 for those under 21. For those driving vehicles requiring a commercial driver’s license, the BAC is .04. A first conviction results a fine between $250 and $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to 48 hours, plus an alcohol safety program. Regardless of your situation or background, contact us for cheap auto insurance rates in Jackson, Miss.

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