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					Sharing the Road                             Maine Wildlife
To keep everyone safe, remember to pay       Be aware the wildlife in Maine is abundant and
special attention to:                        animals often cross the roadways.                           The Maine
  Campers and Large Trucks
  If you cannot see the truck or camper
                                               Drive cautiously, particularly in areas where
                                               moose and deer crossing signs are posted.               Transportation
  mirrors, then the driver cannot see you.
  These vehicles need extra room when
                                               Stay alert.
                                               Scan the road and roadsides ahead.
                                                                                                       Safety Coalition
  making right-hand turns. Allow them          Reduce your speed at night.
  space and maintain a safe following                                                                  Wants You to Remember that
  distance.                                  Watercraft and Recreational Vehicles
  Bicyclists                                 To be safe when using watercraft, ATV's,
  Bicyclists should be given the same        mopeds, bicycles and motorcycles, follow these
  courtesies as other vehicles. Bicyclists   important reminders:                                             "Safety is
  should travel on the right and signal
  appropriately.
                                               Always Wear a Helmet
                                               Wearing a helmet is the single most important              Always in Season"
  Pedestrians                                  thing you can do to protect your brain - and
  Yield to pedestrians crossing the road.      your life.
  When walking, always use the                 Travel at a Safe Speed
  sidewalks and crosswalks, when               Traveling at a safe speed allows you to have
  present, and walk facing traffic. Wear       better control over your vehicle and reduces
  reflective clothing between dusk and         the risk of injury.
  dawn.                                        Never Drink and Drive
  Motorcycles                                  Using alcohol and drugs can impair drivers of
  Motorcycles should be allowed the            all vehicles and should never be used when
  same space as motor vehicles.                operating any recreational vehicle.
  Cyclists must follow the same rules of       Always Wear a Life Preserver
  the road as other vehicles.                  Life jackets float, you don't. Ensure that life
  Equestrians                                  preservers fit properly and are worn by        `
  Horses are easily frightened by horns        EVERYONE at all times.
  and other loud noises. Slow down and
  pass with care.
  Driver Education Students
  New drivers are still learning. Respect
  cars with student driver identification
  and avoid tailgating.
  Emergency Vehicles
  Motor vehicles must pull over to the                                                               Maine Traffic Safety Tips
  right when an emergency vehicle is
  approaching from either direction with
                                                             This brochure is provided by the MTSC
                                                                                                           -SUMMER-
  its lights flashing.                                               in cooperation with the         The Maine Transportation Safety Coalition (MTSC)
                                                               Maine Bureau of Highway Safety           is an independent, non-profit organization of
                                                                      and the MaineDOT               transportation safety advocates. Its mission is to
                                                                                                            promote safe transportation in Maine.
Maine                                                              More Maine                                                        Summer Means...
Traffic Safety Laws                                                Traffic Safety Laws                                               Many Travelers
Never Drink and Drive                                              Be Aware of Pedestrians                                           To be safe on the roadways, remember to:
The maximum legal blood alcohol content when                       Pedestrians must use sidewalks and crosswalks
operating a motor vehicle in Maine is:                             when available. All vehicles must yield to                          Stay Alert
                                                                   pedestrians in crosswalks.                                          Be sure you are well-rested before you
  Drivers 21 years old and older................0.08%                                                                                  drive. If you become fatigued, please
  Drivers under 21 years old.....................0.00%             Be Sure You Are Visible                                             STOP and rest.
  Commercial Drivers................................0.04%          Headlights MUST be turned on when wipers are in                     Know Your Route
                                                                   use.                                                                Plan ahead. Being familiar with the route
  Maine has a "zero tolerance" law for drivers                                                                                         you are traveling will help eliminate last-
  under 21 years old.                                              Report Highway Incidents                                            minute lane changes, sudden stops,
                                                                   Crashes involving death, personal injury, or                        illegal turns and other actions that lead to
  Driving an ATV, moped, motorized boat, or                        damages of $1,000 or more must be reported                          roadway crashes.
  other recreational vehicle while under the                       immediately to local police, sheriff, or state police.
  influence is also illegal and is a punishable                                                                                      Work Zones
  offense.                                                         Emergency/Information Numbers                                     To ensure your safety in work zones
                                                                     Maine State Police.....................1-800-452-4664           remember to:
Always Fasten Your Safety Belt                                         (Cellular 911)
The MTSC recognizes the health and safety                                                                                              Slow Down
benefits of wearing your seat belt. Maine law                        Maine Turnpike Authority...........1-800-675-PIKE                 "Give 'em a Brake" Be courteous to the
requires all occupants to be properly secured.                       (Travel Conditions)                         (7453)                road crew. Fines for exceeding the
Children under 12 years old must be properly                                                                                           posted speed limit may be doubled in
secured in the back seat.                                            AAA............................................1-800-222-4357     work zones.
FMI call: 1-800-698-3624, ext. 4288.                                                                                                   Be Attentive
                                                                     MaineDOT Travel Information............Dial 511 or                Do not become distracted by construction
Always Obey the Speed Limit                                          go to www.511maine.gov                                            activities. Keep your eyes on the road
Unless otherwise posted, the maximum speed                                                                                             and be aware of construction workers
limits in Maine are:                                                 For more information contact:                                     located near traffic areas.
                                                                     The Maine Transportation Safety Coalition
  School Zones:..................................15 m.p.h.           P. O. Box 818                                                   Check www.maine511.gov for up to date
  Business/Residential:.......................25 m.p.h.              Augusta, ME 04332-0818                                          road conditions.
  Open Highways:...............................45 m.p.h.*
  Interstate:.........................................65 m.p.h.*     www.themtsc.org
*Lower Limits may be posted in some areas. Be aware of
your speed and the posted limits. In Work Zones, speed
limits are often reduced and fines doubled.

				
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