Case Caption: Chris George v. People of the Virgin IslandsCase Number: S. Ct. Crim. No. 2017-0042Date: 07/05/2018Author: Cabret, Maria M. Citation: Summary: In a pro se appeal from the judgment and opinion of the Appellate Division of the Superior Court affirming two convictions before the Magistrate Division for operating an unregistered motor vehicle on a public highway in violation of 20 V.I.C. § 331, and for operating a motor vehicle on public roads without insurance, in violation of § 712 of that same title, the argument the Magistrate Court lacks jurisdiction over his traffic offenses is rejected because 4 V.I.C. § 124 expressly grants the Magistrate Division of the Superior Court “exclusive jurisdiction over all traffic offenses, except felony traffic offenses.” Similarly the argument that sections of the Virgin Islands Code prohibiting the operation of unregistered or uninsured vehicles on public highways violate the constitutional right to travel is without merit because it is well established that burdens placed upon a single mode of transport, such as automobiles, do not implicate the constitutional right to travel. The April 5, 2017 judgment opinion of the Appellate Division is affirmed.Attachment: Open Document or Opinion