Town of Riverhead, NY
Suffolk County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Amended 8-5-2003 by L.L. No. 13-2003]
A. 
When any vehicle is parked or abandoned on any highway within the Town of Riverhead during a snowstorm, flood, fire or other public emergency which affects that portion of the public highway upon which such vehicle is parked or abandoned, said vehicle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police or other personnel so authorized by the Town Board.
B. 
When any vehicle is found unattended on any Town of Riverhead property or public highway in the Town of Riverhead where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic or an attractive nuisance, such vehicle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police or other personnel so authorized by the Town Board.
C. 
When any vehicle is parked or abandoned within the Town of Riverhead where parking, stopping or standing is prohibited or said vehicle is parked upon private property without the consent of the owner of such property, such vehicle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police or other personnel so authorized by the Town Board.
D. 
When any vehicle is parked or abandoned within the Town of Riverhead where said vehicle is in violation of § 289-13A(5), such vehicle may be removed by the Riverhead Town Police or other personnel so authorized by the Town Board.
[Amended 8-5-2003 by L.L. No. 13-2003]
A. 
Any vehicle in violation of this Part 1, while parked in violation of this Part 1 or abandoned within the Town of Riverhead, may be removed to an impound area designated for the placement of the same by or at the direction of any Riverhead Town officer authorized to enforce this Part 1 at the expense of the owner thereof. The Town Board and said enforcement agency shall not be responsible for any damage to any vehicle occasioned by such removal.
B. 
Impound forms shall be used by police or other personnel so authorized by the Town Board for each removal.
C. 
Notification of owner; reclaiming vehicle; appearance tickets; fees.
(1) 
Upon impounding an abandoned vehicle, the officer or police agency shall make an inquiry as to the owner of the vehicle and shall notify the last registered owner by certified mail of the removal and disposition of such vehicle and the amount which will be required to redeem the same.
(2) 
If the impounded vehicle is claimed and the owner known, the owner may reclaim the vehicle after proving ownership and paying an impound fee, plus the cost of removal, plus a storage fee per day. Said fees and charges shall be established annually by resolution of the Town Board.
(3) 
An appearance ticket must be affixed to the vehicle or served on the last registered owner by any Riverhead Town police officer or Code Enforcement Officer authorized to enforce this Part 1.
(4) 
Appearance tickets for violations regarding this Part 1 shall be handled by Riverhead Town Justice Court. Fines levied shall be in addition to impound, removal, and storage fees.
D. 
If a vehicle remains unclaimed for a period of 45 days from the date notice is sent to the last registered owner, or if the owner cannot be found or served and said vehicle:
(1) 
Has no valid number plates or registration and is of wholesale value deemed by blue book, taking into consideration the condition of the vehicle, of $1,250 or less, ownership shall immediately vest in the Town of Riverhead and shall be junked/salvaged or dismantled for use other than a motor vehicle.
(2) 
Has no valid number plates or registration and is of wholesale value deemed by blue book, taking into consideration the condition of the vehicle, of vehicle having a value in excess of $1,250 shall be disposed of at a public auction to the highest bidder. The proceeds from the sale of such vehicle, less impound fee, costs of removal, storage fee and costs of sale, shall be held for one year. If not claimed within said one-year period, such proceeds shall be paid into the general fund of the Town of Riverhead.
E. 
Pursuant to Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1224, Subdivision 2, the Town of Riverhead shall not be required to obtain title to an abandoned vehicle that is subject to the provisions of this section if the vehicle will be sold or otherwise disposed of as junk or salvage, dismantled for use other than as a motor vehicle, or otherwise destroyed.
F. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to vehicles operated by any government agencies or other emergency vehicles while actually in the performance of their duties.
A. 
Specific offenses. No person shall:
(1) 
Park a vehicle across a parking space pavement marking or in a position not entirely within the area designated by such markings.
(2) 
Park a vehicle in a parking meter space during the hours of parking meter operation without immediately placing the appropriate fee in the adjacent meter.
(3) 
Park a vehicle, or suffer or permit a vehicle of which such person is the operator to remain parked, in a parking space of any parking meter zone during the hours of parking meter operation while the adjacent meter is displaying a signal indicating the expiration of time associated with the deposit of fees.
(4) 
Deposit or attempt to deposit any slug or thing other than a United States coin in a parking meter.
(5) 
Deface, injure, tamper with, open or willfully break, destroy or impair the usefulness of any parking meter.
B. 
Registered owner liable. The registered owner of any vehicle found to be parked in violation of this article is liable, together with the actual operator, for any fine or penalty prescribed herein.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 101-25 of the 1976 Code, Penalties for offenses, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 7-17-2001 by L.L. No. 10-2001.
A. 
Generally. It shall be the duty of the parking meter officer(s), Fire Marshal, Housing Inspector, Ordinance Inspector and police officers of the Town of Riverhead to enforce the provisions of this Part 1 under such procedure as may from time to time be prescribed by resolution of the Town Board and to issue summonses alleging such violation.
[Amended 7-5-2000 by L.L. No. 5-2000]
B. 
Violation reports. The parking meter officer, Fire Marshal, Housing Inspector, Ordinance Inspector and police officers shall report to the Riverhead Justice Court all apparent violations of this article, and such report shall include the registration plate number of the vehicle involved, the number or exact location of the parking meter involved, the date and time of the violation, the exact nature of the offense and the name of the operator, if ascertainable, together with other pertinent facts.
[Amended 7-5-2000 by L.L. No. 5-2000]
C. 
Notice to offenders. An officer noting an apparent violation of this article shall attach to the vehicle parked in violation a notice to that effect, in such manner as makes the notice likely to be observed by the owner or operator of the vehicle, instructing the owner or operator to report to the Justice Court with respect to such alleged violation. The notice shall contain a reference to the offense charged and shall have printed thereon the provisions of Subsection B of this section.
D. 
Parking meter officers of the Town of Riverhead shall be authorized to regulate, control and direct traffic when the need arises and/or when directed by order of a superior officer of the Town of Riverhead Police Department.