[CC 2000 §370.005; CC 1990 §385.010; Ord. No. 826 §1, 7-21-1986; Ord. No. 1119 §1, 1-5-1998]
There is hereby created and established a Violations Bureau which shall assist the Pagedale Municipal Court in handling minor traffic violations. The Violations Bureau shall be in the charge of the Court Clerk and his/her deputy or deputies.
Persons who have received notices for traffic violations may within seven (7) days from receipt of said notice, except as may otherwise be provided in this Chapter, answer at the Violations Bureau to the charges set forth in such notice by paying a prescribed fine and, in writing, plead guilty to the charge, waiving a hearing in court and giving power of attorney to the person in charge of the Violations Bureau to make such plea and pay such fine in the Pagedale Municipal Court. Acceptance of the fine prescribed and power of attorney by the Violations Bureau shall be deemed complete satisfaction for the violation and the violator shall be given a receipt therefor.
Any person who has pled or been adjudged guilty of any minor traffic violation within the preceding twelve (12) months shall not be permitted to pay a fine at said Violations Bureau but must appear in the Pagedale Municipal Court at the time specified in the aforesaid notice.
Any person charged with an offense for which payment of a fine may be made to the Violations Bureau shall have the option of paying such fine within the time specified in the notice of arrest at the Violations Bureau upon entering a plea of guilty and upon waiving appearance in court or may have the option of depositing required lawful bail and, upon a plea of not guilty, shall be entitled to a trial as authorized by law.
The payment of a fine to the Bureau shall be deemed an acknowledgement of conviction of the alleged offense, and the Bureau, upon accepting the prescribed fine, shall issue a receipt to the violator acknowledging payment thereof.
[CC 2000 §370.015; CC 1990 §385.020; Ord. No. 32 §5, 4-25-1950]
Arrest made for careless driving, speeding, driving while intoxicated, driving under age of sixteen (16) years, driving with defective brakes, driving over closed street, driving without State license tag, leaving the scene of an accident and for all other offenses listed in this Code and not set forth in the foregoing schedule shall be sent and tried in the Municipal Court.
The following duties are hereby imposed upon the Violations Bureau in reference to traffic offenses:
It shall accept designated fines, issue receipts and represent in court such violators as are permitted and desire to plead guilty, waive court appearance and give power of attorney;
It shall receive and issue receipts for cash bail from the persons who must or wish to be heard in court, enter the time of their appearance on the court docket, and notify the arresting officer and witnesses, if any, to be present.
The Violations Bureau shall keep records and submit to the judges hearing violations of City ordinances summarized monthly reports of all notices issued and arrests made for violations of the traffic laws and ordinances in the City and of all the fines collected by the Violations Bureau or the court and of the final disposition or present status of every case of violation of the provisions of said laws and ordinances. Such records shall be so maintained as to show all types of violations and the totals of each. Said records shall be public records.
The Violations Bureau shall follow such procedure as may be prescribed by the traffic ordinances of the City or as may be required by any laws of this State.