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Town/Village of Harrison, NY
Westchester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Harrison 2-16-1983 as L.L. No. 1-1983. Section 223-4 amended and § 223-7 added at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 43, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Vehicles and traffic (village) — See Ch. 38.
Appearance tickets — See Ch. 47.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 201.
A. 
The Town Board finds that significant numbers of vehicle owners fail to respond to parking summonses issued for violations of parking orders, rules, regulations, ordinances and local laws; that a significant number of such owners are persistent violators; and that, by reason of out-of-state registration of such vehicles, transfer of ownership and reregistration of such vehicles and other devices, violators frequently are able to evade existing enforcement measures.
B. 
By reason of the foregoing, the Town Board finds that the health, welfare and safety will be served by adoption of a local law providing additional means of enforcing parking orders, rules, regulations, ordinances and local laws in the case of vehicle owners who fail to timely respond to summonses issued for parking violations.
C. 
The Town Board does hereby ordain and enact this chapter to accomplish the aforesaid purposes.
A. 
The Chief of Police hereby is authorized to provide for the immobilization of vehicles against which two or more parking summonses have been issued if two or more of such summonses have not been answered within 45 days of the appearance date or dates shown on such summonses.
B. 
Such vehicles may be immobilized and left where found, secured by the use of a wheel lock or such other immobilization device as may be designated by the Chief of Police or, in the sole discretion of the Chief of Police, may be impounded.
[Amended 4-5-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995]
C. 
Such immobilization or impound shall be at the sole expense of the owner of the vehicle.
[Amended 4-5-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995]
When an immobilization device is used, the Police Department or its agents shall attach to the vehicle, in such form as may be directed by the Chief of Police, a notice containing the following information:
A. 
The location and identifying characteristics of the vehicle.
B. 
The date and time of placement of the device and signature of installer.
C. 
Notice that further parking restrictions will be waived during the immobilization period for a period of five days from the date of immobilization.
D. 
Notice that any person tampering with the device or the vehicle will be subject to criminal prosecution and liable for any loss to the town.
E. 
The steps which the owner must take to obtain the release of the vehicle.
F. 
Such other information, statements, notices and warnings as the Chief of Police may, from time to time, determine to be appropriate.
[Amended 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
No person shall attempt to or shall tamper with, deface, remove or destroy an immobilization device or move a vehicle immobilized as herein provided.
[Amended 4-5-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995]
Any vehicle immobilized as herein provided shall be released to its owner upon payment of the expenses of immobilization, which hereby are found to be $100, and upon payment of all impound charges, towing charges and outstanding fines as they relate to such vehicle. An order must be obtained from the Town Court authorizing such release. Such an order may only be obtained during regular business hours of the Court.
While a vehicle is immobilized as herein provided, any parking restrictions of which such vehicle may be in violation shall be suspended as they apply to such vehicle for a period of five days from the date of immobilization.
[Added 2-19-1986 by L.L. No. 2-1986]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.