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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2005
Contact: Doug Dunbar
(207) 626-8404

***Media Advisory***
Report Submitted to Governor Outlining Ways to Address
Perpetual Violators of Motor Vehicle Laws in Maine

AUGUSTA, MAINE – On behalf of the working group assembled by Governor John Baldacci earlier this month to review laws related to problem drivers and those who operate after suspension, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap transmitted a report to the Governor's office on Monday outlining steps that could be taken to address perpetual violators of motor vehicle laws in Maine. The Governor's office is expected to make the document publicly available and seek input from stakeholders and interested citizens.

“This document contains proposals and recommendations that will move us closer to our goals of preventing drivers from operating after suspension and removing drivers from the road who present a threat to public safety. Although no change in law or policy can totally end the practice of motorists driving with suspended licenses and violating other motor vehicle laws, we must constantly strive toward those goals,” Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap commented.

“In the case of trucker Scott Hewitt, all applicable Maine laws had been carried out, yet he ignored the law and continued to operate illegally. The working group assembled by Governor Baldacci has developed a series of policy recommendations that would diminish the likelihood of drivers making those kinds of wrong choices and deadly decisions,” Secretary Dunlap continued.

Secretary Dunlap applauded Governor Baldacci's leadership on this issue and thanked Chief of the Maine State Police Col. Craig Poulin and Commissioner David Cole from the Maine Department of Transportation for participating in the working group. He also expressed appreciation for ideas and input submitted from local and county law enforcement agencies, as well as for staff support from Maine 's Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Maine State Police and the Maine Department of Transportation.