Chapter 10.18
TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS BUREAU

Sections:

10.18.010    Created – Bail schedules.

10.18.020    Person charged may elect to forfeit bail or appear before judge – Receipt of bail.

10.18.030    Duties of bureau.

10.18.040    Statutes adopted by reference.

10.18.050    Posted bail – Transfers.

10.18.060    Fines and forfeitures – General fund.

10.18.070    Official misconduct.

10.18.080    Parking offenses – Payment and processing.

10.18.010 Created – Bail schedules.

A. There is created and established a traffic violations bureau which shall be known as the city traffic violations bureau.

B. The judge who hears traffic cases shall designate the specified offenses under the traffic ordinances of the city in respect to which payment of bails may be accepted by the traffic violations bureau in satisfaction thereof, and shall specify by suitable schedules the amount of such bails for first, second and subsequent offenses; provided, such bails are within the limits declared by law or ordinance, and shall further specify what number of such offenses shall require appearance before the judge. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.020 Person charged may elect to forfeit bail or appear before judge – Receipt of bail.

A. Any person charged with an offense for which payment of bail may be made to the traffic violations bureau shall have the option of forfeiting such bail within the time specified in the notice of arrest at the traffic violations bureau upon waiving appearance in court; or may have the option of depositing required lawful bail and shall be entitled to a trial as authorized by law.

B. The bureau, upon accepting the prescribed bail, shall issue a receipt to the violator acknowledging payment thereof. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.030 Duties of bureau.

The following duties are imposed upon the traffic violations bureau in reference to traffic offenses:

A. Forfeiture Procedure. Accept designated bail and issue receipts for forfeitures of bail;

B. Court Procedure. Accept designated bail and issue receipts; accept application for personal recognizance releases and transfer to court, within the time of appearance on bail receipt or personal recognizance release, such offenses where forfeiture is not authorized by the court or where defendants request a court hearing;

C. Records. Keep an accurate record of all traffic citations issued, and all violations of each person concerned, both alphabetically and by citation number. Such files shall accumulate for at least a five-year period and shall be kept complete for at least the most recent five-year period;

D. Additional Duties. The traffic 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 the state. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.040 Statutes adopted by reference.

The following state statute is adopted by reference:

RCW

46.52.100    Record of traffic charges – Reports of conviction by courts – Venue in justice courts – Driving under influence of liquor or drugs, penalty.

(Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.050 Posted bail – Transfers.

The traffic violations bureau shall transfer daily to the clerk of the district court all bail posted for offenses where forfeiture is not authorized or where forfeiture is authorized, but the alleged violator requests a trial date in lieu of forfeiture, as well as copies of all receipts. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.060 Fines and forfeitures – General fund.

All fines or forfeitures collected upon conviction or upon the forfeiture of bail of any person charged with a violation of any of the provisions of this title shall be paid into the general fund of the city. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.070 Official misconduct.

Failure, refusal, or neglect on the part of any judicial or other officer or employee receiving or bail, either before or after a deposit in the city general fund, to comply with the provisions of MICC 10.18.050 shall constitute misconduct in office and shall be grounds for removal therefrom; provided, appropriate removal action is taken pursuant to state law relating to removal of public officials. (Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).

10.18.080 Parking offenses – Payment and processing.

In cases where a notice of traffic infraction has been issued for a parking violation involving overtime parking or parking in violation of posted parking restrictions, the notice of infraction shall be filed with the King County District Court, Bellevue Division, Mercer Island Department and the court shall thereafter have jurisdiction over the parking violation. The monetary penalty for such parking infraction shall be set by resolution by the city council from time to time. (Ord. 95C-112 § 1; Ord. A-35 § 1, 1984; Ord. A-28 § 1, 1983; Ord. 500 § 1, 1980; Ord. 451 § 1, 1978).