Maine

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Maine. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension
    .15 150 days Yes

    Ignition Interlocks

    Highly incentivized for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws
    Yes Yes

     

  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorizes AV testing.

  • 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 2 yrs must use a rear-facing child safety seat 

    Children 55 lbs. or less must ride in a rear or forward-facing child safety seat with a 5-point harness

    Under 8 yrs, less than 80 lbs. and 4’ 9” must use a booster seat or child safety seat

    Under 12 yrs should be in a back seat

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    Seat belt required for all passengers over 8 years old, 57” and 80 lbs 

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    Yes. Primary law.

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    No

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers with learner license or under 18. 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 Universal helmet law repealed 1977.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?

    18 and over

    In What Seat?

    All

  • 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

    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 270 days: no passengers