Title 23: Motor Vehicles
Chapter 23: TRAFFIC OFFENSES
23 V.S.A. § 2203. Complaint or information and summons; form
§ 2203. Complaint or information and summons; form
(a) In all traffic offense cases the complaint or information and summons shall be in the form known as the "Uniform Traffic Complaint." The court administrator shall prepare the form for the Uniform Traffic Complaint, following as a guide the suggested forms recommended by the national conference of commissioners on uniform state laws. The court administrator shall be responsible for all uniform traffic complaints issued to law enforcement officers, and shall prepare or cause to be prepared the records and reports relating to the uniform traffic complaints, in a manner and at the time it shall be prescribed by the court administrator. Any law enforcement officer may void any uniform traffic complaint by so marking the complaint and returning it to the court administrator. A prosecuting attorney may dismiss a traffic ticket.
(b) The uniform traffic complaint shall consist of five parts:
(1) The complaint or information and warrant, which shall include spaces for the signatures of the law enforcement officer, prosecuting attorney, and judge or clerk.
(2) The abstract of court record to be forwarded to the state licensing authority after conviction.
(3) The police record, which shall be a copy of the complaint or information.
(4) The prosecutor's record, which shall be a copy of the complaint or information.
(5) The summons, which shall include a copy of the complaint or information, a waiver, and an explanation of rights.
(c) The reverse sides of the sheets shall be as set out in the form, with such additions or deletions as are necessary to adapt the uniform traffic complaint to the court involved.
(d) The traffic ticket shall contain the following two paragraphs which shall be prominently displayed and printed in bold-faced type:
(1) Failure to comply with the instructions on this ticket will result in the suspension of your operator's license, or privilege to operate a motor vehicle.
(2) If you admit you have committed a traffic offense or are judged to have committed the offense you will be liable to a fine, and, in addition, your operator's license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle or your certificate of registration and number plate are subject to suspension and revocation as prescribed by law.
(e) The complaint or information form shall be used in all cases involving traffic offenses, whether the case is prosecuted or the complaint issued by a law enforcement officer or by any other person, or upon information or complaint issued by the state's attorney or other prosecuting officer. (Added 1971, No. 228 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; amended 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 10, 15.)