[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Wappingers Falls 7-12-1995 as L.L. No. 2-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known and cited as the "Parking Violations Enforcement Law of the Village of Wappingers Falls."
The purpose of this chapter is to allow for alternative enforcement of the Village of Wappingers Falls Parking Violations Enforcement Law, specifically the towing, storage and immobilization of illegally parked vehicles.
The Commissioner of the Traffic Violations Bureau shall have the power and authority to provide for the removal, immobilization and storage of vehicles parked in violation of any statute, local law, rule or regulation and of vehicles on which there are outstanding traffic warrants or fines for parking violations.
Such vehicles may be removed, immobilized and stored by or under the direction of a member of the Department of Police by means of towing or other means of removal, securing by use of a wheel lock or other immobilization device and storage at a public or private impound lot as designated by the Commissioner of the Traffic Violations Bureau.
Such removal, immobilization and storage shall be at the expense and risk of the owner of the vehicle.
When an immobilization device is used, the Police Department or its agents shall attach to the vehicle, in such form as directed by the Commissioner of the Traffic Violations Bureau, a notice containing the following information:
The location and identifying characteristics of the vehicle.
The date and time of placement of the device and the signature of the installer.
A notice that parking restrictions will be waived during the immobilization period.
A notice that any person tampering with the device or the vehicle will be subject to prosecution and liable for any loss to the Village.
The steps which the owner must take to obtain release of the vehicle.
Such other information, statements, notices and warnings as the Commissioner of the Traffic Violations Bureau shall from time to time determine.
Any attempt by any person to tamper with, deface, remove or destroy an immobilization device or to move by any means a vehicle towed or secured as herein provided may result in the prosecution of such person for an offense separate from and in addition to the parking violations; in addition, such person shall be liable for any loss suffered by the Village due to any such attempt.
Any vehicle removed, immobilized or stored as herein provided shall be promptly released to its owner upon the payment of outstanding parking fines and the satisfaction of outstanding traffic warrants.
While a vehicle is immobilized as herein provided, any parking restrictions of which such vehicle may be in violation shall be suspended and waived as they apply to such vehicle.