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Driving Without Auto Insurance in California

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It’s expected that if you’re going to own and operate a vehicle in California, it’s properly insured. The amount of insurance you have that covers your own car is usually left up to you, but the state requires that you at least carry limited liability insurance so anyone else who is involved in the accident is protected.

The issue of car insurance in California is addressed in Vehicle Code Section 16029.

One of the interesting things about California is that while most drivers have auto insurance, other forms of financial responsibility that are legally acceptable while operating a vehicle in California include:

  • A self-insurance certificate that’s issued by the DMV
  • A surety bond for $35,000
  • Proof of a cash deposit with the DMV of $35,000

If you’re pulled over and can’t present the traffic officer with one of these things, you are driving without insurance.

The first time you’re caught driving without insurance, you’ll receive a citation and have to pay a $100 fine. Additional fees connected to the citation mean your out-of-pocket expenses will be $450, and that’s just for not having insurance. It’s likely that whatever prompted the officer to pull you over, such as running a stop sign or speeding, will also result in a second costly infraction.

The second time you’re caught driving without insurance, the infraction increase to $200-$500, and in some cases, the additional total fees and penalty assessments can add up to as much as $2,500.

The ticket and massive penalties probably won’t be your only problem. Since an uninsured vehicle can’t operate in California, it’s highly likely that the police will have your car impounded. The only way you’ll get it back is if you pay the towing bill and impound fees. Unless you’re planning on having the vehicle towed back to your house, the impound lot will request to see your proof of insurance before the release of your vehicle.

Getting a ticket for not having auto insurance when you’re pulled over is bad, but it’s nothing compared to what happens if you’re in a car accident when you don’t have insurance. Not only will you be issued an expensive ticket, but it’s also highly likely that you’ll be named the defendant of a civil suit. Since you didn’t have any insurance at the time of the accident, if you lose the civil case, you’ll be responsible for paying the entire settlement.

Yes, car insurance is expensive and it can be hard to fit into the monthly budget, but considering the possible consequences, it’s something you should have if you’re driving.

 

 

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California’s Most Unusual Driving Laws

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Every state has a few strange laws that cause people to scratch their heads. California is not an exception.

There are three very strange driving laws that could impact you no matter where you are in California.

The first odd California driving law is that you aren’t allowed to go faster than 60 miles per hour in an autonomous vehicle. It’s unclear what prompted this law, though I suspect it might have been created to prevent children from driving remote-controlled cars on the highway. At the time the California driving law was created, it’s unlikely that the group of lawmakers who passed it had any idea that Teslas and other autonomous vehicles would soon be a common sight in California. As the popularity of autonomous vehicles increases, it’s highly likely that lawmakers will move to strike this particular law from California’s books.

The second strange driving law that carries throughout the entire state is that women can’t drive while wearing housecoats. Housecoats is an old-fashioned term that means night attire. When you stop and think about it, it’s pretty funny that there was a time when men were worried about women driving while wearing a dressing gown and today it’s common to see people still wearing pajamas while choosing produce at the supermarket.

If you’re pulled over while wearing night attire and the officer decides to enforce this strange law, the ticket you’re issued will include some steep fines.

The third California driving law that is enforceable throughout the entire state is that you’re not allowed to hunt from your car unless you’re hunting whales. It’s unclear why lawmakers felt it was permissible to hunt whales while you were driving. While the law states that you can whale hunt from your car, you should know that it’s a bad idea. California passed a law prohibiting whale hunting in 1971.

While these are the state laws that impact drivers no matter where you are in California, you should know that many California cities also have their own strange driving laws. For example, in Glendale, you’re not allowed to jump out of a car that’s traveling 65 miles per hour.

The good news is that provided you drive sensibly, you shouldn’t have any trouble traveling in California. Patrol officers are less concerned about whether you’re wearing pajamas while driving and more worried about you texting while behind the wheel, driving recklessly, and driving while intoxicated.

What is the strangest driving law you’ve encountered?