[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Great Neck as Ch. 40 of the 1976 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 537.
For the purpose of assisting the Village Justice of the Village of Great Neck in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations, pursuant to the provisions of Article 14-B, §§ 370, 371 and 372, of the General Municipal Law, the Village Justice of said Village is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall be in charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as the Village Justice of said Village may designate.
The Traffic Violations Bureau so established shall dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations regarding all offenses and traffic infractions other than speeding or those designated as a misdemeanor, by permitting a person charged with an offense, within the limitations herein stated, to answer, on the return date specified in the summons, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., except Saturdays, Sundays or holidays, at the Traffic Violations 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 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, on the return date specified in the summons as aforesaid, 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 guilty 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 Traffic Violations 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 the first and subsequent 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 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.