Deadline Extended for seeking public comment to Revised Traffic Code

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The Tribal Council is seeking public comments on the revised Traffic Code. A few years ago, Tribal Council sought comments. Since then, Tribal Council has revised the Code to address on-Reservation all-terrain vehicle use or off-highway vehicle (OHV), among other things. The revised Traffic Code will allow Tribal Council to designate roads for OHV use by resolution. Attached is a map with proposed designated roads. The map excludes roads on the western side of the Reservation because of ongoing reclamation work that the Tribe is doing for abandoned wells. For a more detailed map, contact DNR at 563-0125 and ask for GIS.

Tribal Council is also interested in hearing from the public on the appropriate blood alcohol content for driving with an excessive blood alcohol content (BAC). Tribal Council is considering designating the excessive amount to be either 0.10 (to be consistent with a prior version of Colorado law) or 0.15 (similar to NM aggravated DWI) so that the amount is not the same as the BAC for driving under the influence.

Tribal Council also wanted to be sure that the general public had an opportunity to comment on this Traffic Code because in this Code the Tribe will be seeking to issue civil citations for some traffic infractions against Indians and non-Indians, where the Tribe has jurisdiction to do so.

Deadline to submit written comments:  Please provide any written comments on the draft code by Monday, February 5, 2018.  You can review the revised Traffic Code, map of the designated OHV roads, and associated schedules at https://www.southernute-nsn.gov/2017/11/draft-traffic-code/. Please submit your comments to the Legal Department, by one of the following methods:

  • E-mail: legal@southernute-nsn.gov
  • Mail: James Washinawatok, Tribal Attorney, Legal Department, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137.
  • Hand delivery: Legal Department, Leonard C. Burch Tribal Administration Building, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137

For further information contact:  James Washinawatok, Tribal Attorney, Legal Department, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, P.O. Box 737, Ignacio, Colorado, 81137; telephone number (970) 563-2210; e-mail jwash@southernute-nsn.gov.

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