Last night I received an email from a source who wishes to remain anonymous, stating (very politely) that I was dead wrong in my recent Salida Citizen article, “Commissioners Needlessly Chafing Constituents?”
The email stated:
“… contrary to your statement that OHVs are ‘motor vehicles’ under Colorado law, I thought I’d point out that except for a few enforcements statutes like vehicular homicide and DUI, OHVs are NOT considered ‘motor vehicles’ under Colorado law per CRS 42-1-102(58) since they are not designed primarily for travel on public highways. …County Commissioners have authority to open roads to OHVs pursuant to state statute CRS 33-14.5-108(1)(f). Even though Parks won’t enforce on County roads, the County can require that anyone operating an OHV on a County road be registered with Parks…”
I did indeed read the above-mentioned statutes while researching my article, but, upon reading them again, I see that I did a poor job of interpreting them. Thus, my article’s premise — that an OHV is defined by Colorado state law as a “motor vehicle” — is a false premise.
The last thing I want to do is disseminate incorrect information, so I’m not too happy with myself this morning. I’m eating crow for breakfast.