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Cheap Car Insurance in West Valley City, Utah

Find cheap car insurance in West Valley City, Utah, a growing southwest suburb of Salt Lake City. Located within Salt Lake County, West Valley is the second largest city in Utah, with about 137,000 residents. It’s a relatively new town, having incorporated in 1980 from four separate, unincorporated communities with four different names.

It is very much a part of the Salt Lake City metro, and is home to Maverik Center and the USANA Amphitheater. The city in 2011 launched a plan to develop its own downtown commercial area over a period of 10 years.

Driving Conditions in West Valley City

The good news about finding your way around is a continuity between West Valley and Salt Lake City, as the two share the same address grid system. Only 10 miles from Salt Lake City, West Valley is slowly expanding westward. Its tree-lined Parkway Boulevard is known as a pleasant trip for drivers, running east-west through the north part of the city. Traffic for West Valley is mostly described as moderate; the average commute time for West Valley is just over 21 minutes, shorter than the national average of just under 26 minutes.

According to Census Bureau data, the average commute time for Salt Lake City metro area is just under 20 minutes. Live traffic cams and maps can be found online udot.utah.gov/main or at slcgov.com/transportation/transportation-udot-traffic.

Unique Laws in West Valley City

Utah is known for its stringent and unusual alcohol restrictions. 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. 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 prohibited.

Even more strange and rarely enforced laws are entertaining for what they do allow: No license is necessary for example, to hunt skunks, and librarians may legally chase down and detain patrons who steal library materials.

West Valley Crime Statistics

FBI statistics compiled for 2016 show 823 violent crimes in West Valley, the majority, or 505, of which were aggravated assaults. Ten were murder or manslaughter and the rest were rape or robbery. West Valley City’s violent crime rate of 598 incidents per 100,000 people is higher than the national average of 386 per 100,000.

The property crime rate in West Valley was 4,670 offenses per 100,000 residents, nearly twice the U.S. average, which is 2,451 property crimes per 100,000 residents. Auto theft is a large factor in these statistics. Within the city, 1,252 vehicles were stolen in 2016, FBI data shows, a rate of 910 per 100,000 residents. This is four times the national average of 220 incidents per 100,000 people.

West Valley City 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. Note: Drivers can still talk with phones on their faces, but they must use voice commands to dial a number.

West Valley City Impaired Driving Laws

Utah will soon have the lowest legal blood/breath alcohol limit in the U.S. at .05 – the standard for most states is .08. The BAC threshold was lowered just this year and is set 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 Valley City; contact us today for quotes.

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