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    "Points" are demerits placed against your driver's license every time you're convicted of certain traffic violations.

    Demerit Point Suspensions

    If you've received a demerit point license suspension, you are entitled to ask for a hearing. The Maine BMV will give you a chance to tell your side, and you may be represented by an attorney.

    After hearing your case, the hearing office can then continue, modify, or rescind the initial action. If you don't like that result, you can appeal the decision to the superior court.

    To learn more about demerit point suspensions you can download information from the BMV.

    Effects on Insurance

    Can demerit points affect insurance rates? Yes, in some cases. It depends on the insurance company and whether they obtain demerit point standings on drivers insured by the company. Some companies do, while others simply keep track of your traffic convictions and apply their own demerit point systems.

    Demerit Point Schedule

    The following are some violations that can lead to points in Maine:

    • Driving on wrong side of road.
    • Driving on wrong side of road.
    • Driving wrong way on one-way street.
    • Speeding.
    • Illegal transportation, possession, or consumption of liquor in a motor vehicle by a minor.
    • Illegal transportation of drugs in a motor vehicle by a minor.
    • Improper passing.
    • Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage.
    • Operating beyond license restrictions.
    • Operating with improper license.
    • Operating without corrective lenses.
    • Operating left on curve.
    • Other improper passing.
    • Passing on curve or hill.
    • Passing on right.
    • Passing on wrong side.
    • Using false ID to obtain liquor.
    • Violating Do Not Pass.
    • Violation of instruction permit.
    • Operating motorcycle beyond restriction.
    • Excessive acceleration.
    • Failure to keep right.
    • Failure to return to right.
    • Failure to yield to emergency vehicle.
    • Failure to yield (no sign).
    • Failure to yield to pedestrian.
    • Failure to yield (sign).
    • Failure to give way to other vehicle.
    • Failure to obey stop sign.
    • Failure to stop at red light.
    • Failure to yield right of way.
    • Imprudent driving.
    • Operating with an obstructed view.
    • Operating without a license (traffic infraction).
    • Red light operation.
    • Crossover violation.
    • Displaying a blue light.
    • Displaying a red light.
    • Excessive noise.
    • Failure to dim headlights.
    • Failure to signal.
    • Failure to obey traffic island.
    • Failure to reduce speed for a grade or curve.
    • Following too closely.
    • Illegal left turn.
    • Illegal right turn.
    • Illegal U-turn.
    • Impeding the flow of traffic.
    • Improper turn.
    • Lane conviction.
    • Littering.
    • Obstructing the flow of traffic.
    • Obstructing traffic.
    • Operating a motor vehicle without tail lights.
    • Operating without lights.
    • Other moving violations.
    • Speed under posted minimum.
    • Squealing tires.
    • Trailer without lights.

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    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report.

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