Maine

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Maine. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .15 90 days Yes Vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks

    Highly incentivized for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes No

     

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16. $25 fine for a second or subsequent violation.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 40 lbs in child safety seat

    40-80 lbs and under 8 yrs in safety system that elevates child so that adult safety belt fits properly

    11 yrs and under and under 100 lbs in rear seat if available

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8-17 yrs or under 18 yrs and over 4'9" tall

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $50 (maximum $250 for subsequent offenses)

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    No

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    No

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Decriminalized and legal for medical and recreational use
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    6 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    65 and over: renewal every 4 years

    40-61: vision test at every other renewal

    62 and over: vision test at every renewal

     

  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for riders licensed less than one year as well as for all passengers under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 18 and over

    In What Seat?

    All

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $50

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted. Their legality is upheld under federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    Prohibited


    Red Light Cameras

    Prohibited

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    Two limited access highways are posted at 55 MPH.

  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    16 years, 9 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 70 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 Midnight - 5 a.m. First 9 months: no passengers
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?

    No

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes