[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Saratoga Springs 10-7-1985 as Ch. 130, Art. IA, of the 1970 Code; readopted 4-4-1994 by L.L. No. 1-1994 Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 225.
The City Judge is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau to assist the court in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations.
The Traffic Violations Bureau so established is hereby authorized to dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations designated by the court, except the offenses constituting the traffic infraction of speeding or a misdemeanor or a felony, by permitting a person charged with an offense within the limits herein stated to answer, within a specified time, at the Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney in such form prescribed herein, by paying a fine and, in writing, waiving a hearing in court or by pleading guilty to the charge and authorizing the person in charge of the Bureau to make such a plea and pay such a fine in court. Acceptance of the prescribed fine and power of attorney by the Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator shall be given a receipt which so states. If a person charged with a traffic violation does not answer, as hereinbefore prescribed, within a designated time, the Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against him forthwith and a warrant to be issued for his arrest and appearance before the court. Any person who shall have been, within the preceding 12 months, guilty of a number of parking violations in excess of such maximum number as may be designated by the court or of three or more violations other than parking violations shall not be permitted to appear and answer to a subsequent violation at the Traffic Violations Bureau but must appear in court at a time specified by the Bureau.
The court shall designate the fines to be paid for offenses, which may be satisfied at the Bureau as hereinbefore stated, provided that such fines are within the limits established as penalties for such offenses.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall keep records as are directed by § 373 of the General Municipal Law and such other records as shall be directed by the court.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall be in charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as the court may designate.