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Cheap Car Insurance in Kent, Washington

Find cheap car insurance in Kent, a diverse Washington city within an easy drive of both Seattle and Tacoma. Known as the lettuce capital of the world during the Great Depression, it was later boosted by aerospace companies such as Boeing. Today, it is the headquarters for REI, Oberto Sausage Co. and Seattle Bicycle Supply, to name a few. Amazon and Boeing, the city’s largest employer, also operate facilities in Kent, the third largest city in King County. Being located in the heart of two larger metros, Kent is considered a suburban middle ground, with plenty of its own shopping, employment centers and entertainment. Geographically, the city is divided into three basic regions: East Hill, the Valley and West Hill, with downtown located in the eastern section of the Valley.

Driving Conditions in Kent

Kent is considered well located, only 20 miles south of Seattle and 20 miles northeast of Tacoma. Interstate 5 passes through the city and provides access both to Seattle to the north, and south through Tacoma and on to Olympia and Portland, Oregon. Within Kent, State Route 99 is the corridor most known for traffic congestion during rush hour. Traffic downtown is also heavy between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., according to locals. The average commute time for Kent is about 30 minutes, according to Census Bureau data, five minutes longer than the national average. For traffic maps, cameras, construction and delay information, visit wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/spokane/ .

Unique Laws in Kent

Kent city officials recently enacted a lewd conduct law designed tone down a rising number of scantily clad baristas in the city. Also enacted in 2017 is a local ordinance banning the sale, possession or use of fireworks. Violators receive either fines or community services. A recently passed tougher distracted driving law in Washington prohibits using mobile devices even at stop lights or signs, but also targets other types of distracted driving such as grooming or eating. Eating or grooming while driving is a secondary offense, however, meaning you can only be ticketed for it if stopped for something else.

In more rare and less enforced laws, it is illegal to buy meat or mattresses on Sunday, harass Bigfoot or other questionable species, or to walk around in public when one has a cold.

Kent Crime Statistics

FBI statistics compiled for 2016 show 372 violent crimes in Kent, six of which were murder or manslaughter. The local violent crime rate of 289 offenses per 100,000 residents is below the average U.S. violent crime rate of 386 per 100,000. The property crime rate in Kent, however, was 5,832 per 100,000 residents, more than double the U.S. average of 2,451 crimes per 100,000 residents.

Within the city, 1,433 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 1,114 per 100,000 residents – more than four times the national average of 236 incidents per 100,000 people.

Kent Safety Requirements

A recently passed distracted driving law taking effect in 2017 prohibits use of virtually all handheld gadgets behind the wheel, and includes composing or reading any kind of message, picture or data while moving or at a stop light or sign. Smartphones mounted on the dashboard for a navigational map are OK, but the new law permits only minimal touching of the screen to activate the device. Seat belts are required for everyone in the car, and the driver is held responsible for buckling or restraining all passengers under age 16. Children who reach age 8 or 4 feet, 9 inches tall, whichever comes first, must ride in a safety seat or booster.

Kent Impaired Driving Laws

Washington State was one of the first states to legalize the possession and purchase of marijuana for users over 21, though they may not resell it or grow it. It remains illegal, however, to drive under the influence of marijuana. According to the Washington State Department of Licensing, you can get a DUI if you are affected by drugs or alcohol or both, and this applies to both legal and illegal drugs. Separate license revocations apply for a DUI arrest and a DUI conviction. The legal limit of blood alcohol levels is .08 for adults, .04 for commercial drivers and .02 for drivers under 21. In addition to license suspension, first offenders face jail time, fines, alcohol evaluation and a future ignition interlock device requirement. If you’re on the market for cheap car insurance in Kent, contact us for comparisons.

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