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Maine Law

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by roadking88, Feb 10, 2008.

  1. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    Does anyone know the law in Maine for running light bar??? everyone you talk to says different,you can't run your light bar when driving from 1 location to another,the other guy says's you can run your light....I tried goggle it but no results.Thanks
     
  2. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992

    Where"s Mick??

    You need Mick! :nod:

    He's the Guru of Maine road laws!!
     
  3. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Yes, I have the law downstairs in my office and I'll look it up for you. But you could also look it up by searching "Maine statutes", then "snowplow". But basically - you "may" have an amber light while in the act of plowing snow. For a private contractor, that means while plowing or backing onto a roadway while plowing a private drive. You're still responsible for yielding the right-of-way to traffic.

    No, you can not run your light while traveling fron one location to another. Other traffic has no responsibility to yield to you.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2008
  4. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    ok thanks hopefully he reads this thread
     
  5. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    ok mick..thank you too much
     
  6. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    after doing a search this is what i found...
    Chapter 14: SNOW TRAVELING VEHICLES Sections 2151 to 2163 (Repealed)
    ?????? what's that all about??
     
  7. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Ok, here's the Statute number: Sec. 1. 29-A MRSA 2054, SUB-2, C. Subpra C. (4)

    One correction, though. It says "must be equipped with and use ...when entering...", not just backing into a roadway. The last sentence of (4) is "The light may be in use on a public way only when the vehicle is entering the public way in the course of plowing private driveways and other off-highway locations."
     
  8. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Go to CH 209.
     
  9. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

  10. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    got it thanks
     
  11. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    from what this says it looks like it's o.k. to travel on public roads with the light on if your in destination to go do another driveway..
    The light may be in use on a public way only when the vehicle is entering the public way in the course of plowing private driveways and other off-highway locations.
     
  12. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    (Copied from the Statute): (4) A vehicle equipped and used for plowing snow on other than public ways may be equipped with an auxiliary rotary flashing light that must be mounted on top of the vehicle in such a manner as to emit an amber beam of light over a 360` angle, or an amber strobe, or combination of strobes, that emits at a minimum a beam of 50 candlepower and provides visible light coverage over a 360` range. The light may be in use on a public way only when the vehicle is entering the public way in the course of plowing private driveways and other off-highway locations. (Italics and Bold added.)

    This means only when entering the roadway while actually plowing a private driveway (like to turn around or get lined up with the driveway). You would not be plowing while on your way to another destination (driveway).
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2008
  13. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    yeah i guess your right..
     
  14. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,992


    Say THANK YOU MICK!:D
     
  15. roadking88

    roadking88 Member
    Messages: 33

    thank you mick
     
  16. Fiafighterdude

    Fiafighterdude Senior Member
    from ME
    Messages: 740

    thanks mick i didnt know eather
     
  17. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    :waving: You're welcome. I try to stay up on the state laws related to plowing snow, salt storage, etc.