The Driver's License Point System in Maine

How Many Points Before Your License is Suspended?

Maine uses a point system to identify reckless or negligent driver drivers. Under that system each point serves as a demerit and a driver with 12 demerit points within a one year period may have his or her license suspended for up to 15 days. Although these infractions are reported to your insurer, the accrued points may not have much significance because, when deciding on rate increases, most insurers apply their own point system.

Suspensions

Any person whose driving record shows an accumulation of 12 demerit points for convictions or adjudications within a one year period may have his or her license, permit or privilege to operate suspended for a period up to 15 days. Any person whose license, permit or privilege to operate has been suspended three times within a three year period is subject to a further suspension for a period up to 120 days.

How Many Points for Each Infraction?

Points are awarded in Maine as shown in the following table:

Operating After Suspension – Traffic Infraction

8

Driving Wrong Side

6

Driving Wrong Way

6

Exceeding Posted Speed by at Least 15 Miles Per Hour But Less Than 30 Miles Per Hour

6

Illegal Transportation Liquor - Minor

6

Illegal Transportation Drug – Minor

6

Improper or Erratic Lane Change

6

Improper Passing

6

Leaving Scene of an Accident (Property Damage)

6

Misrepresentation of Identity or Other Facts to Obtain Alcohol

6

Operating Beyond Restriction

6

Operating With Improper License

6

Operating Without Corrective Lenses

6

Operating Left on Curve

6

Other Improper Pass

6

Pass Within 100 Feet of Intersection

6

Pass on Curve or Hill

6

Pass on Right

6

Pass Wrong Side

6

Violation - Do Not Pass

6

Violation of Instruction Permit

6

Operating Motorcycle Beyond Restriction

6

Exceeding Posted Speed by Less Than 15 Miles Per Hour

4

Excessive Acceleration

4

Failure to Keep Right

4

Failure to Return to the Right

4

Fail to Yield to Emergency Vehicle

4

Fail to Yield - No Sign

4

Fail to Yield to Pedestrian

4

Fail to Yield - Sign

4

Fail to Give Way to Other Vehicle

4

Fail to Obey Stop Sign

4

Fail to Stop at Red Light

4

Fail to Yield Right of Way

4

Imprudent Driving

4

Imprudent Speed

4

Operating a Motor Vehicle With Obstructed View

4

Operating Without a License (traffic infraction)

4

Red Light Violation

4

Crossover Violation

2

Displaying a Blue Light

2

Displaying a Red Light

2

Failure to Dim Headlights

2

Fail to Signal

2

Fail to Obey Traffic Island

2

Failure to Obey Railroad Grade Crossing

2

Failure to Maintain Control of Vehicle

2

Failure to Reduce Speed on a Grade or Curve

2

Follow Too Close

2

Illegal Left Turn

2

Illegal Right Turn

2

Illegal U-Turn

2

Impeding the Flow of Traffic

2

Improper Turn

2

Lane Conviction

2

Littering

2

Obstructing the Flow of Traffic

2

Obstructing Traffic

2

Operating Motor Vehicle Without Tail Lights.

2

Operating Without Lights

2

Other Moving Violation

2

Speed Under Posted Minimum

2

Squealing Tires

2

Trailer Without Lights

2

Getting Rid of Points

A three-point credit will be given for successful completion of a driver improvement course. The credit will be given only once in a twelve month period and the credit will be erased one year from the completion date. In addition, every person holding a Maine operator's license whose driving record does not contain any convictions, adjudications, suspensions or revocations during a calendar year shall be awarded one violation free credit at the end of each calendar year, except that no person may be permitted to accumulate more than four violation free credits. The Secretary of State may apply such credits to offset an equivalent number of demerit points assigned to a traffic violation

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