Chapter 10.14


10.14.010  Bureau created.

10.14.015  Traffic violations bureau authorized.

10.14.020  Establishing bail.

10.14.030  Authority to accept forfeiture of bail – Consequences.

10.14.040  Election to appear before court.

10.14.050  Duties of traffic violations bureau.

10.14.060  Additional duties.

Legislative history: Ord. 29.

10.14.010 Bureau created.

A traffic violations bureau is hereby established for the city of Mill Creek. The traffic violations bureau shall be under the supervision of the Mill Creek Municipal Court or such district court or municipal department thereof or such other municipal court as the city contracts with for judicial service. The employees of the traffic violations bureau shall be city employees. The traffic violations bureau shall be open during such hours as the city council may designate. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 2.20.010)

10.14.015 Traffic violations bureau authorized.

The city traffic violations bureau is hereby authorized to take any and all lawful or permitted actions relating to enforcement of Chapter 10.12 MCMC. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 10.12.280)

10.14.020 Establishing bail.

The court shall designate the specified offenses under ordinances of this city in respect to which payment of bail may be accepted by the traffic violations bureau in satisfaction thereof, and may 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 ordinances, and may further specify what offenses shall require appearance before the court. The court may also specify by suitable schedule the bail for persons who have failed to appear before the court as required by statute, ordinance or applicable court rule. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 2.20.020)

10.14.030 Authority to accept forfeiture of bail – Consequences.

The traffic violations bureau is hereby authorized to accept forfeiture of bail in specified cases in accordance with the bail schedule. If bail is forfeited, a receipt shall be issued to the alleged violator and shall contain a statement indicating forfeiture of bail shall terminate the case and, in the case of traffic offenses or infractions, may be considered by the State Department of Motor Vehicles only, and for no other purpose, as having the same effect as conviction of the offense charged. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 2.20.030)

10.14.040 Election to appear before court.

Any person issued a notice of traffic infraction or charged with an offense for which payment of bail may be made to the traffic violations bureau shall have the option of:

A. Forfeiting such bail within the time specified in the citation or notice of infraction; or

B. Contesting the determination that a traffic infraction or offense occurred by requesting a hearing; or

C. Requesting a hearing to explain mitigating circumstances surrounding the commission of the infraction. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 2.20.040)

10.14.050 Duties of traffic violations bureau.

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

A. It shall accept designated bail and issue receipts.

B. It shall receive requests from persons who wish to be heard in court, and forward those requests to the court with jurisdiction to hear such cases.

C. It shall keep an easily accessible record of all bail forfeitures and violations of the traffic ordinances of which any person has been charged, together with a record of the final disposition of all such alleged infractions and/or offenses, for the preceding five years.

D. Once each week the traffic violations bureau shall forward to the State Department of Licensing the abstract or court record copy of each notice of traffic infraction and traffic complaint and citation indicating the disposition of each case involving bail forfeiture during the previous week. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 2.20.050)

10.14.060 Additional duties.

The traffic violations bureau shall perform such additional duties as required by the ordinances of this city, court rules and the laws of this state. (Ord. 2006-640 § 12. Formerly 2.20.060)