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Attention drivers. There are 25 cases on the docket of the Grand County Justice Court for Sept. 18. Ten of those cases (40 percent) include a charge of driving without insurance. In five cases, people are charged with having a denied, expired or suspended license, and two involve expired registration.

That’s a large percentage of the cases, and it is like that on most Wednesdays in Justice Court.

Here’s what is going on. It is now possible for officers (and there are a lot of them) to simply call in your license plate and get immediate information on your insurance, registration and driver license status. That provides the probable cause for a stop. You don’t have to commit a traffic offense to be pulled over.

There’s nothing wrong with that per se. All drivers should have insurance, proper registration and a valid license. Apparently, there are a lot of folks in Moab who don’t. I suspect the primary reasons for that are economic and/or legal status.

The point is, if you don’t have proper insurance, registration and license, don’t drive. You’ll likely get caught, and when you do it’s a lot more expensive and time-consuming to deal with the charges than it is to drive legally.

If you’re not covered, catch a ride with someone who is, ride a bike or walk. I’ll bet our local officers and the courts would be just as happy with a town full of legal drivers, as a town with a perpetual docket of serial fine payers.

—Steve Russell


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