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Cheap Car Insurance in Santa Clara, California

Find cheap car insurance in Santa Clara, an 18-square-mile suburb of San Jose in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. High-tech companies headquartered in Santa Clara include Intel Corp., Agilent Technologies and OmniVision. Santa Clara University is the oldest institute of higher learning in California and Levis Stadium is the home of the San Francisco 49ers. The theme park, California's Great America, is the city's largest employer after Applied Materials. The city was named for Mission Santa Clara de Asis, the eighth California mission built by Franciscans in 1777. Today, Santa Clara's population is estimated at 126,000.

Driving Conditions in Santa Clara

The San Tomas Expressway, recently undergone a construction project to widen it, bisects Santa Clara running mostly north-south through the city. Interstate 280 passes just to the south and U.S. 101 runs through the northern part of Santa Clara, taking drivers 45 miles northwest to San Francisco and south all the way to Los Angeles. According to the INRIX Traffic Scorecard, the San Francisco Bay Area has the third worst traffic in the country after Los Angeles and Honolulu. However, a recent Metropolitan Transportation Commission study says workers living in Santa Clara County have the lowest average commute times — under 25 minutes — and 88 percent work within the county. Live traffic cams and maps can be found online at www.dot.ca.gov.

Unique Laws in Santa Clara

California recently passed some rather unusual laws, such as one requiring film producers to get permission from a board-certified pediatrician before filming a child under 1 month old. Also recent is SB 1140, which exempts clergy who object to same-sex marriages from having to perform them. New laws also prohibit picketing a funeral one hour before or one hour after the service.

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.

Santa Clara Crime Statistics

Santa Clara recently landed at No. 20 on a Safest Cities in America ranking published by Niche.com. FBI statistics compiled for 2016 show 159 violent crimes in Santa Clara, three of which were murder or manslaughter. The local violent crime rate of 124 offenses per 100,000 residents is only a third of the U.S. average of 386 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The property crime rate in Santa Clara was 2,195 per 100,000 residents, below the U.S. average of 2,451 incidents per 100,000 residents.

Car theft is a bigger problem, however. Within the city, 413 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 322 per 100,000 residents. The national average is 236 incidents per 100,000 people.

Santa Clara Safety Requirements

California requires children younger than 2 to be secured in a rear-facing safety seat, unless he or she is over 40 pounds or at least 40 inches tall. All children under age 8 or less than 4 feet 9 inches tall must ride in a federally-approved restraint system.

As of 2017, drivers may not use a hand-held device while driving even to access GPS; 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.

Santa Clara Impaired Driving Laws

You can be charged with driving under the influence if you have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles. For those driving vehicles requiring a commercial driver's license, the BAC threshold in California is .04, whether the driver holds a CDL or not. The BAC drops to .01 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 Santa Clara.

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