[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mamaroneck 3-4-1970 (Ch. 81, Art. IV, of 1975 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Justice Court of the Town of Mamaroneck is hereby authorized to establish a Traffic Violations Bureau to assist the Court in the disposition of offenses in relation to traffic violations. Such Bureau shall be in charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as the Court may designate.
Such Traffic Violations Bureau is hereby authorized to dispose of violations of traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations, when such offenses shall not constitute the traffic infraction known as "speeding" or a misdemeanor or felony, by permitting a person charged with an offense within the limitations herein stated to answer within a specified time at the Traffic Violations Bureau, either in person or by written power of attorney in the form hereinafter prescribed in this chapter, by paying the 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 and power of attorney 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, within a time designated by the Court, 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 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.
Such Traffic Violations Bureau is not authorized to deprive a person of his right to counsel or to prevent him from exercising his right to appear in Court to answer, explain or defend any charge of a violation of a traffic law, ordinance, rule or regulation.
The Court shall designate the fines to be paid for 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 herein authorized 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 dispositions 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 Town Board.
Such written power of attorney shall be in substantially the following form or in such form as to carry out the provisions and intent of this chapter:
Traffic Violations Bureau
Power of Attorney and Waiver
I, the undersigned, have read fully the annexed summons and hereby waive a hearing in the Justice Court of the Town of Mamaroneck, New York, and plead guilty to the charge specified in said summons. I authorize ................................., as the person in charge of the Traffic Violations Bureau of said Court, to make such plea and pay the prescribed fine in Court.