[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Elmsford 11-5-1973. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purpose of assisting the Village Justice of the Village of Elmsford, hereinafter referred to as the "Court," 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 Court is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau, hereinafter referred to as the "Bureau."
The Bureau shall be in the charge of such person or persons, and shall be open at such hours, as the Court may designate.
The Bureau so established shall dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances and rules and regulations affecting parking by permitting a person charged with an offense, within the limitations herein stated, to answer within a specified time, at such Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney, in such form as may be prescribed in this chapter, by paying such fine as may be prescribed by the Court, 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 a plea and pay such a fine in Court.
Acceptance of such fine and power of attorney by the Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation, and the violator, as provided by law, shall be given a receipt which so states.
Failure to answer.
If a person charged with a traffic violation as aforesaid does not answer as hereinbefore prescribed within a designated time, the Bureau may serve a notice or summons upon said person by:
If such notice or summons is disregarded, the Bureau may cause a complaint to be entered against him and secure and issue a warrant for his arrest.
The Bureau is not authorized to deprive a person of his right to counsel nor 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 Court is hereby authorized to designate the fines to be paid for parking offenses which may be satisfied at the Bureau in the manner hereinbefore stated, provided that such fines are within the limits established as penalties for such offenses, and is further authorized to designate the period or periods of time within which a person charged with such an offense may answer at the Bureau.
The Bureau shall keep a record of all such violations of which each person has been guilty, whether guilt was established in Court or in the Bureau, and also a record of all fines collected and the disposition thereof. Such Bureau 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.
The written power of attorney to be used by persons answering charges by power of attorney in the manner hereinabove prescribed is as follows: