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Weekend at the Auto Show

Written by Paulina Menchaca.

I spent this past weekend at the Portland Auto show.  It was my first time attending.  I took my daughter, Andrea, and I was surprised at how much fun she had.  She couldn't stop talking about it.  It helps that she makes friends so easily.  Why did I attend the auto show this year?  I volunteer for The Dougy Center.  The Dougy center provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.  All the services are provided free of charge to all participants.  We are currently raffling off a boxer Porsche. Please visit their website for more information.


Stopping For School Buses!

Written by Paulina Menchaca.


With school beginning, its a good idea to review the laws pertaining to school buses. Also, keep an eye out as excited students return to their classrooms. Whether they are riding the bus, walking or on their bikes, keeping children safe should be everyones concern.

The information below is from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicle Handbook.

Oregon school buses have flashing amber and flashing red lights near the top of the bus on the front and rear. School buses are also equipped with a stop arm that extends out from the left side of the bus near the driver's window. The stop arm will be extended when the red lights begin to flash.

School bus drivers turn on flashing amber lights to warn other traffic that the bus is about to stop on the road to load or unload children. You should get ready to stop. When the red lights begin to flash, this means drivers meeting or overtaking the bus from either direction must stop before reaching the bus. You must remain stopped until the bus driver turns off the flashing red lights.

The school bus stop law applies on any roadway with two or more lanes of traffic. There is one exception to the law. If you are on a divided highway with two roads separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier, you must stop only if you are on the same side of the road as the bus. A painted median strip or a center lane used only for left turns does NOT create two separate roads. Where this situation exists, ALL lanes of traffic must stop.

School bus drivers may report vehicles that improperly pass school buses. The report may be forwarded to the local law enformcement agency for investigation.

All school buses and some school activity vehicles must stop at railroad crossings. The driver must open the bus door and be sure the tracks are clear before proceeding.


About Choices Insurance

Written by Eric Kneifel.

Choices Insurance Agency is independently owned and locally operated to handle your insurance needs. Marty is a founder and agent of Choices with many members located across the state of Oregon. We believe that local insurance agencies can best serve your insurance needs. Your local Choices Insurance Agency will assist you in finding just the right combination of tailored, personalized insurance coverage at just the right price. We offer low down payments and monthly payment options to simplify your insurance purchase. We invite you to complete an online quote or contact us direct to speak with us to review coverage options for auto, home, life, business, commercial, renters, boat, and more. We provide free, no hassle no obligation quotes to you see what we have to offer.

Choices Insurance Agency strives to offer you quality insurance coverage, a high level of professional service and a long-term relationship.

Choices Insurance Agency offers several of the top insurance companies to choose from when selecting your insurance plan. We research the rates and coverage for you to find you the best option that fits your needs. You no longer need to call around town or search all over the internet to find the best rated - we do the shopping and comparing for you to save you time and money! A few, out of the hundreds, of the nationally recognized companies we write with are Safeco, CNA, Kemper, Liberty Northwest, Progressive, Sublimity, The Hartford, Travelers, United Heritage and Zurich to provide you with multiple choices for your personal and business insurance needs.

Our History
How Choices Insurance Got Started
Originally the two founders (Marty is one of them) both left one of the companies that spends millions on advertising, but only provided their agents "one" real choice to offer insured's. The market demographics showed that consumers liked options and competitive pricing. With a marketing plan and goals laid out they started AIC Insurance Agency (now called Choices Insurance) from scratch. Today with the help of added agents, terrific employees and the Grace of God they are a leading producer with many companies they represent.

In the Community
All of our agents work and live in the communities they serve. Most are involved in their communities and the income their agencies generate go back into the communities they serve. In addition take a look at our referral program that Marty offers. Just by referring business to this agency you have the chance to have a contribution to the charity of your choice made under your name. Check our our referral program here.


Get a Quote

Written by Eric Kneifel.

There are many CHOICES when it comes to your insurance needs. Our independant agents are here to help you determine what kinds of insurance will fit your needs and budgets. In order to help you decide, we have a few online quote generators for you to choose from, or you can call us at 503-702-2509 and we will be more than happy to assist you in finding the personalized solution you need!

Select from one of the 2 options below to get started or give us a call! 503-702-2509

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