[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson 9-21-1948. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Police Justice of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson is hereby authorized and directed to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau to assist his court in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations. Such Bureau shall be in the charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as said Police Justice may designate.
Said Traffic Violations Bureau is authorized to dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, when such offenses shall not constitute the crime of speeding or reckless driving or the commission of a misdemeanor or felony, by permitting a person charged with an offense within the limitations herein stated to answer, within a specified time, at the Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney, by paying a prescribed fine and, in writing, waiving a hearing in court, pleading guilty to the charge and authorizing the person in charge of the Bureau to make such plea and pay such 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 has been guilty of three or more violations within the preceding three months shall not be permitted to appear to answer to a subsequent violation at the Traffic Violations Bureau but must appear in court at a time specified by the Bureau. Such Traffic Violations Bureau shall not be authorized to deprive a person of his right to counsel nor to prevent him from exercising his right to appear in court to answer to, explain or defend any charge of violation of any traffic law, ordinance, rule or regulation.
[Amended 9-2-1969; 4-17-1972; 4-19-1976 by L.L. No. 3-1976; 11-18-1980 by L.L. No. 8-1980; 11-16-1981 by L.L. No. 13-1981; 7-14-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987; 5-7-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991; 2-6-2001 by L.L. No. 1-2001; 7-19-2011 by L.L. No. 7-2011]
Fines shall be as follows:
[Added 6-21-1983 by L.L. No. 7-1983; amended 5-7-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991]
Fines shall be double if they remain unpaid for a period of 10 days after issuance.
[Added 4-4-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
In addition to any other penalties which may be imposed, there shall be a penalty of $5 levied for every thirty-day period of neglect in the payment of each summons from the date of issuance.
The Traffic Violations Bureau as herein authorized shall keep a record of all violations of which each person has been guilty, whether such guilt was established in court or in the Bureau, and also a record of all fines collected and the disposition thereof. It shall also perform such other or additional duties and keep such other or additional records as shall be prescribed by the court and/or Board of Trustees of said village.