Rules of the Road
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|1. Avoid complacency. Don't become oblivious to work zone signs when the work is long term or widespread.
|2. Calm down. Work zones aren't there to personally inconvenience you. They're there to improve the road for everyone.
|3. Heed the warning signs and symbols. Merge as soon as possible. Motorists can help maintain traffic flow and posted speed by moving to the appropriate lane at first notice of an approaching work zone.
|4. Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and traffic barriers, trucks, construction equipment and workers.
|5. Some work zones like line painting, road patching and mowing are mobile. Just because you don't see the workers immediately after you see the warning signs, doesn't mean they're not out there. Observe the posted signs until you see the one that says, "End Road Work."
|6. Pay attention to your surroundings. This is not the time to use the cellular phone, change the radio station or drink your coffee.
|7. Try an alternate route.
|8. Expect delays; plan for them and leave early to reach your destination on time.
|9. Maine law requires you to slow down in a work zone. Remember, fines for moving violations within a work zone are double. There need not be a posted speed limit to receive a fine.
Basic Speed Rule: Always travel at a reasonable speed for existing conditions.
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|Speed Limits: Fixed maximum limits. Open highway, 45 m.p.h., or as posted. School zones, 15 m.p.h.: business or residential districts, 25 m.p.h.; turnpikes, as posted.
Basic Speed Rule: Always drive according to the three existing conditions; Road, weather and traffic.
Speed Checking Devices: Radar, laser, vascar, and aircraft used.
Child Restraints: Mandatory for less than 4 years old shall be secured in a child safety seat.
Seat Belts: Mandatory for all occupants 4 years of age or older.
Turn/Hand Signals: Left turn, arm horizontal: Right turn, arm upward: Stop or slow, arm downward. Signaling distance required, 100 feet.
Right Turn on Red: Permitted after a complete stop, unless prohibited by sign.
Left Turn on Red: After a complete stop, permitted only when specifically authorized by sign.
Alcoholic Beverage Containers: Transporting an open alcoholic beverage container within the vehicle is not permitted by driver or passenger.
Left Lane Restrictions: Normal operation on a limited access highway with 65 m.p.h. speed limit is restricted to right lane, left lane for passing only.
Pedestrians: Pedestrian has right of way within crosswalk or unmarked crosswalk at intersections.
Emergency Vehicles: You must pull to the right of roadway, clear of any intersection and stop.
Added right lane at rural "T" Intersections: Stay in the travel lane unless to pass a vehicle making a left turn, otherwise enter right lane if directed to do so for a certain destination routes, etc.
Passing on Right: Permitted when vehicle ahead is making a left turn or when two adjoining lanes of traffic are proceeding in the same direction. Tire cannot enter dirt shoulder when passing on right. Per Maine Turnpike Authority, passing of vehicles on the turnpike shall be permitted only on the left side of the vehicle being overtaken.
No Passing Zone: Passing is prohibited on grade curves, intersections, bridges, railroad crossings, and anywhere that the view is obstructed or where posted by sign. Passing must be completed before coming within 100 feet of an approaching vehicle.
School Buses: Color yellow. Vehicles must come to a stop for school bus loading or discharging and shall not proceed until the bus resumes motion or the driver signals to proceed. Vehicles on a separate roadway of a dual highway divided by a medium strip need not stop. Cannot pass stopped school bus loading or discharging in a parking lot. School buses operated by a private carrier must meet all requirements except the color and markings. All School buses must come to a complete stop 15 feet before any railroad crossing, except when marked with an Exempt sign.