[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Ellenville 3-14-1974 as Art. II of Ch. 20 of the Code of Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of assisting the Village Justice in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations pursuant to the provisions of the Code of the Village of Ellenville, the Village Justice is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violation Bureau.
The Traffic Violation Bureau shall be in the charge of such person and shall be open at such hours as the Village Justice may designate.
The Traffic Violation Bureau shall dispose of violations of regulations and ordinances affecting parking on public highways and including violations of ordinances regulating parking in municipal parking fields by permitting a person charged with an offense, within the limitation herein stated, to answer at any time from the receipt of the summons to the return day at such Traffic Violation Bureau 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 by the Traffic Violation Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator shall be given a receipt which so states.
The Traffic Violation Bureau shall not be authorized 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.
The Village Justice shall designate the fines to be paid for first, second and third offenses which may be satisfied at the Traffic Violation Bureau as hereinbefore stated, provided that such fines are within the limits established for penalties for such offenses.
Any person who has been guilty of a number of parking violations in excess of such maximum number as may be designated by the court, within the preceding 12 months, shall not be permitted to appear and answer to a subsequent violation at the Traffic Violation Bureau, but must appear in court at a time specified by the Bureau.
The Traffic Violation Bureau 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 the Board of Trustees.