Village of Lattingtown, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Lattingtown (Art. 3 of the 1998 General Ordinance Compilation). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 286.
The Village Justice is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau for the Village subject to the limitations hereinafter set forth.
The Traffic Violations Bureau when so established shall be authorized to dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations relating to parking only, as follows:
By permitting a person charged with a parking violation to answer within a period of 20 days at the Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney in the form hereinafter set forth, by paying the fine designated by the Village Justice for such violation, and in writing, waiving a hearing in court, pleading guilty to the charge, and authorizing the person in charge of the Traffic Violations Bureau to make such a plea and pay such a fine in court.
Acceptance of the prescribed fine and power of attorney by the Traffic Violations Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator shall be given a receipt which so states.
Any summons charging a parking violation may be served upon the violator in person, or may be affixed to the motor vehicle involved in the violation.
If, in any parking violation case where the summons was affixed to the motor vehicle and not served personally, no one answers as hereinabove provided within the time designated in the summons, the Traffic Violations Bureau shall send a letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the registered owner of such vehicle as disclosed by the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles enclosing a copy of the summons and warning the registered owner that he will be held responsible for the appearance of the offender, and directing the registered owner to answer the summons in the manner hereinabove provided within a designated time which shall be not less than six days from the date of mailing of said letter.
If any person served personally with a summons under this chapter, or if any registered owner of the motor vehicle involved who is served and notified as provided in Subsection B of this section, does not answer as hereinabove provided within the designated time, the Traffic Violations Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against him forthwith and shall apply for a warrant to be issued for his arrest and appearance before the Court.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall perform such other or additional duties as shall be prescribed by law, by the Village Justice or the Board of Trustees of the Village.
The power of attorney referred to in this chapter shall be in the following form:
The undersigned hereby acknowledges service of the summons herein, waives his right to be represented by an attorney and waives a hearing in Court, pleads guilty to the offense charged in said summons and authorizes the Clerk of the Traffic Violations Bureau of the Incorporated Village of Lattingtown to appear in Court for me, to make such plea of guilty on my behalf and to pay the prescribed fine using the money enclosed.
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Nothing contained in this chapter shall be deemed to authorize the Traffic Violations Bureau to deprive a person of his right to counsel or to prevent him from exercising his right to appear in Court to answer to, explain, or defend any charge of a violation of any traffic law, ordinance, rule or regulation.