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Cheap Car Insurance in Olathe, Kansas

It's not impossible to get cheap car insurance in Olathe, a far south suburb of Kansas City. The seat of Johnson County and home to an estimated 136,000 residents, Olathe comes from a Native American term that translates to “beautiful.” Founded in 1857, Olathe's modern growth spurts began after construction of I-35 in the 1950s made it more accessible to Kansas City, which is 22 miles away. In 2008, it was ranked 24th among the fastest growing cities in the nation. Totaling about 60 square miles, Olathe boasts two lakes: Lake Olathe and Cedar Lake.

Driving Conditions in Olathe

Interstate 35 cuts diagonally through the City of Olathe, running northeast for 22 miles into Kansas City and then north into Des Moines, Iowa. Within Olathe, a grid system with all east-west streets being numbered is designed for easy navigation. The Kansas City metro in general has caught a break when it comes to gridlock compared to cities its size. Olathe's average commute time is 21 minutes, while the Kansas City metro area's average commute is 23 minutes – both shorter than the national average of 26 minutes. For updated traffic and travel information, visit kandrive.org.

Unique Laws in Olathe

Olathe in 2016 raised the age to legally purchase tobacco within the city from 18 to 21. To help prevent hot car deaths, the City Council in 2017 approved an ordinance making it illegal to leave a child under the age of 10 unattended in a vehicle “unless accompanied by a mentally competent person 14 or older.”

Kansas is one of a handful of states where it is illegal for any vehicle to use hazard lights while moving, according to a list state laws compiled by lifehacker.com. Other states allow it in emergency situations or to indicate a hazard such as heavy rain, while some allow hazard light use at any time.

If you're a hunter, be aware that state laws still prevent you from using mules to hunt ducks or shooting at rabbits from a motorboat.

Olathe Crime Statistics

The most recent crime data available suggests Olathe is far safer than the average U.S. city.

FBI statistics compiled for 2016 show 222 violent crimes in Olathe, only one of which was murder. The local violent crime rate of 163 offenses per 100,000 residents is far below the average U.S. violent crime rate of 386 per 100,000. The property crime rate in Olathe was 1,564 per 100,000 residents, also below the U.S. average, which is 2,451 crimes per 100,000.

Within the city, 160 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 117 per 100,000 residents. The national average for 2016 was 236 incidents per 100,000 people.

Olathe Safety Requirements

In 2010, buckling up became a “primary law” in Kansas, meaning police can and do stop and ticket drivers of any vehicle for not wearing seat belts. Those in the back seat can be cited only when there is another offense. A driver can be stopped and issued a citation if an officer spots an unrestrained child in a vehicle, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. Violations of the Child Passenger Safety Act result in a $60 fine and court costs. The Kansas Child Passenger Safety Act was amended in 2006 requiring children ages 4, 5, 6, and 7 to ride in booster seats. Texting while driving is banned statewide.

Olathe Impaired Driving Laws

Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher are charged with driving under the influence, according to the Kansas Department of Transportation, and anyone convicted of DUI with a child under 14 in the car will receive an extra month of jail time. First offenders will get 48 hours of jail time plus fines, 100 hours of community service and a 30-day suspension and then driver's license restrictions. The BAC drops to .02 for minors under 21. Charges are enhanced if a driver has a BAC of more than .15. Regardless of your background, it's possible to find cheap car insurance in Olathe, contact us to compare rates.

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