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Cheap Car Insurance in West Jordan, Utah

Find cheap car insurance in West Jordan, a fast-growing suburb of Salt Lake City. Named for the Jordan River, the city begins on its west bank and stretches to the foothills of the Oquirrh Mountains. Approximately 112,000 residents live within the city’s 31 square miles. Founded in 1849 around agriculture, mills and mining, West Jordan today has one of the largest mixed use developments in the region, known as Jordan Landing. Its Salt Lake Community College location is expected to become the system’s main campus by 2020. West Jordan’s population boom began in the 1970s and continues today.

Driving Conditions in West Jordan

Because it is one of the state’s most rapidly growing cities, traffic congestion in West Jordan is an issue, especially during peak hours. The commute into downtown Salt Lake City is about 25 miles, but residents often cite commute times of an hour or more. There is no major freeway serving the city, though Interstate 15 lies to the east. State Route 154 runs through the middle of town and is known as the Bangerter Highway. The average commute time for West Jordan is 23 minutes, about 3 minutes shorter than the national average, according to U.S. Census data. Live traffic cams and maps can be found online at udot.utah.gov/main or at slcgov.com/transportation/transportation-udot-traffic.

Unique Laws in West Jordan

West Jordan in 2017 was one of a group of cities, including Salt Lake City, passing a resolution urging Utah lawmakers to strengthen laws addressing crimes targeting people due to race, religion or sexual orientation.

Statewide, Utah has some of the strictest – if not most unique – alcohol laws in effect. For example, any “beer” with more than 4 percent alcohol by volume is considered “liquor,” and can’t be sold in grocery and convenience stores or taverns. At places where alcohol is served, required partitions “hide” drink-mixing from onlookers and liquor for cocktails must be measured through a dispensing system. Happy hours and kegs purchased by the general public for parties are banned.

Among more curious and rarely enforced laws: No license is necessary to hunt skunks, and librarians may legally chase and detain patrons who steal library materials.

West Jordan Crime Statistics

Data compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 2016 states there were 309 violent crimes in West Jordan, only once of which was murder. The local violent crime rate of 272 offenses per 100,000 residents is below the national average of 386 offenses per 100,000 people.

The property crime rate in West Jordan was 3,207 offenses per 100,000 residents, which is above the U.S. average of 2,451 incidents per 100,000 residents. Within the city, 365 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 321 incidents per 100,000 residents. The national average is 236 incidents per 100,000 people.

West Jordan Safety Requirements

Utah seat belt laws became “primary” in 2015, meaning you can be pulled over and ticketed solely for a seat belt infraction. According to the Utah Department of Public Safety, everyone in the car or truck must wear seat belts, and children ages 8 and under must be restrained in a car seat or booster. Texting, dialing, searching the web or other device-based activities are banned by state law. Interesting note: Drivers can still talk with phones on their faces, but must use voice commands to dial a number.

West Jordan Impaired Driving Laws

Utah as of 2018 will have the lowest legal blood/breath alcohol limit in the U.S. at .05 (the threshold for most states is .08.) The BAC threshold was lowered in 2017 to take effect in 2018, though it has been challenged as too strict. Those convicted face different sets of penalties under Utah law. In addition, anyone under 21 fall under the “not a drop” law, meaning any detectable alcohol will result in a conviction. Anyone convicted of DUI, or had their license sanctioned due to failing or refusing a chemical test automatically becomes an “alcohol restricted driver,” meaning you are prohibited from driving with any amount of alcohol in your system. And yes, the restriction will appear on your license for a length of time determined by the court. Despite your background or circumstances, it is not impossible to find cheap car insurance in West Jordan; contact us today for quotes and more information.

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