[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Suffern 3-10-1975 by L.L. No. 4-1975. Section 57-7 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 254.
This chapter shall be known as the "Local Law Establishing a Traffic Violations Bureau for the Village of Suffern."
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Suffern, wishing to assist the residents of the Village and the Village Justice Court in the disposition of offenses relating to traffic and parking violations, does hereby, pursuant to § 370 of the General Municipal Law, create a Traffic Violations Bureau.
The Traffic Violations Bureau shall be authorized to dispose of any violations of the traffic laws, ordinances, rules and regulations when such offenses shall not constitute the traffic infraction known as "speeding" or a misdemeanor or a felony.
Any individual may plead guilty to an offense within the jurisdiction of the Traffic Violations Bureau by a written document, in such form as prescribed by the Traffic Violations Bureau, waiving the right to trial and inclusion with said document of the payment of such fine as shall be designated by the Village Justice Court for said offense, provided that such fines are within the limits established as penalties for such offense.
Within the time specified on the summons, a person may appear personally or by designated person or by written power of attorney in such form as prescribed by the Traffic Violations Bureau before the Traffic Violations Bureau to answer the violation alleged. Said violation may be satisfied by payment of the prescribed fine and a writing waiving a court hearing. Fulfillment of said conditions shall presumptively be considered a plea of guilty, which plea the Bureau Director shall be authorized to enter.
Fulfillment of said conditions 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 the violation, as prescribed in § 57-5, within a time specified on the notice of violation, the Bureau shall cause a complaint to be entered against said person and a warrant to be issued for said person's 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 a maximum number to be established 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 before 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 Court shall designate the fines to be paid for offenses which may be satisfied at the Bureau as provided in this chapter, 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.
The Bureau shall also perform such other or additional duties and keep such other or additional records as shall be prescribed by the Village Justice Court and/or the Board of Trustees.