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Maine Traffic Violations

The state of Maine administers moving violations through a separate part of the courts, known as the Violations Bureau of the Maine District Court. Whether you are pulled over in Maine for a traffic violation by a local or state law enforcement officer, the traffic ticket you receive will be handled by the Violations Bureau.

When you are issued a citation, your copy will provide you with information on how to pay your ticket. While you can mail in payment of your traffic violation fine, most Maine drivers take advantage of the Maine Judiciary's website, PayTixx. At the PayTixx website, you can pay your fine within ten days of being ticketed, with no more than the citation and a credit card. If you do choose to pay your traffic violation fine and move on, you should do so within 3 weeks, but you must pay the fine within 50 days or you can expect a letter from the Violations Bureau explaining why your Maine driving privileges are being suspended.

While some traffic violations can be a small fine, many other violations are extremely costly in Maine. Violations may cost you as much as $500 in addition to the increased insruance costs most people experience when incurring a traffic violation. For this reason, you may wish to dispute the merits of your traffic violation with a Maine district court.

To dispute a traffic violation, it is first wise to make sure you are not wasting the court's time. If you choose to appear in court to challenge the law enforcement officer's charge against you and you lose, the Maine court may impose additional court fees and fines. If you feel you have a legitimate case in opposition of your traffic vioaltion, however, your citation witll contain contact information for you to mail to the Violations Bureau a written request for a hearing.

Within a few weeks, the Violations Bureau will send you a notice of your scheduled hearing. You must show up to your hearing or risk a bench warrant for your arrest and further fines. At your hearing, you will have a chance to explain to a judge your side of the story and receive a ruling that day. If you prevail, the violation will be dismissed and nothing will appear on your Maine driving record.

Alternatively, you may wish to appear in front of a Maine Violations Bureau court and plead guilty. While this likely won't preclude a conviction, the Maine court may consider offering you an opportunity to participate in a Maine driver improvement program, traffic school or defensive driving course in exchange for dismissing the charges from your record. It is likely wise to consult with an attorney if you wish to request this type of agreement from the court.

Maine Points System

If your traffic violation does end up on your Maine driving record, Maine's Bureau of Motor Vehicles ("BMV") will also assign demerit points against your Maine driving record. These points remain on your record for a calendar year after you have either paid your fine or been convicted of the traffic violation at your hearing. Below is a detailed but not exhaustive list of the points attached to your Maine driving record depending on the nature of your traffic violation:

2-Point Infractions:

  • Failure to Dim Headlights
  • Failure to Signal
  • Excessive Noise
  • Speeding Around a Curve
  • Illegal Turns
  • Impeding Flow of Traffic
  • Littering
  • Obstructing Traffic Flow
  • Operating without lights
  • Driving Too Slowly
  • Squealing Tires
  • Tailgating

4-Point Infractions:

  • Speeding by more than 15 mph
  • Failure to Yield
  • Failure to Yield to Emergency Vehicle
  • Failure to Yield to Pedestrian
  • Ignoring Right of Way
  • Ignoring a Stop Sign
  • Ignoring a Stop Light
  • Operating with an Obstructed View
  • Operating without a License
  • Impruent Driving

6-Point Infractions:

  • Driving on Wrong Side of Road
  • Speeding by 15 - 30 mph
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident
  • Ignoring License Restrictions
  • Transportation, Possession, or Consumption of Alchol by a Minor
  • Passing within 100 feet of Intersection
  • Passing on Curves or Hills
  • Passing on the Wrong Side
  • Using False ID to Obtain Liquor
  • Transportation, Possession, or Consumption of Narcotics by a Minor

These are just a few of the traffic violations that will result in points being asigned against your record. If you commit a traffic violation, you should ask the law enforcement officer issuing you the citation or the Maine court handling your traffic violation what the demerit points repercussions are. You may also have an opportunity to have the points assigned against your Maine driving record offset by a points credit. Maine's Violations Bureau assigns one "credit point" to your Maine driving record for every year you stay traffic-vioaltion and license-suspension free, up to four credit points. You can only use these points once per year to offset deemrit points against your Maine driving record and you will still have the traffic violation itself appear on your record. However, these credit points can prevent you from having your Maine driving privileges impaired in the event of a serious traffic violation or a series of them in a small amount of time. One other way to obtain credit points is to participate in the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety's Maine Driving Dynamics course, which will provide you with three additional credit points. You may only take this class once during any given year.

Suspension of Your Maine Driving Privileges

If you accumulate 6 net demerit points in a single year, the Maine BMV will notify you that you are halfway to having your Maine driving privileges suspended. Once you rack up 12 points without any credit points to offset them, your Maine driving privleges will be suspended by the Maine BMV for a minimum of 15 days. While you will be entitled to request a hearing to explain your side of the situation, you will have to provide clear evidence as to why you have accumulated these points in a unique manner that would justify not suspending your Maine driving privileges. Again, you may wish to consult an attorney if you intend to request a hearing, as you will be speaking with the Maine district court.

Accumulating demerit points is not the only way to have your Maine driving privileges suspended. You can also lose your Maine driving privileges if you fail to obtain adequate automobile insurance, receive a citation for a DUI, attempt to elude a law enforcement officer while being pulled over, leaving the scene of an accident in which someone was injured, speeding by more than 30 mph, lying to law enforcement officers during a traffic stop, passing a stopped school bus or driving on an already-suspended license.

While many of these offenses will result in an automatic suspension of your Maine driving privileges, a Maine Driving Dynamics course can help you reduce points on your record and potentially save you from having your Maine driving privileges suspended.

Attending Traffic School in Maine

The Maine Driving Dynamics course is a Maine driver improvement program designed to teach participants defensive driving skills and safe driving habits, as well as promote the imperative of sober driving. The class lasts close to six hours, is free, can be taken once per year and will provide 3 credit points to your Maine driving record upon your succsessful completion, helping you to avoid a suspension of your Maine drivign privileges. The class is taught a few times per month. To find out if you are eligible to participate in the course, the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety can asnwer your questions via telephone at (800) 525-1252.

Unfortunately, the Maine Driving Dynamics course will not remove traffic violations from your record altogether and, therefore, likely will have no impact on the negative effect your Maine traffic violation will have on insurance premiums. However, you may be able to ask the Maine court overseeing your traffic violation if a Maine online traffic school or driver improvement program can help you reduce or dismiss your violatio and prevent an increase to your insurance premiums. Maine's Violations Bureau courts have jurisdiction over Maine online traffic schools and your violation, and so you may be able to participate in a Maine online traffic school or driver improvement program for a more lenient or dismissed charge. If you are interested in finding out if this is an option for you, you should contact the court in advance of your traffic violation hearing, or discuss the matter at your hearing with the Maine Violations Bureau judge. The likelihood of receiving such treatment will depend heavily on your previous Maine driving record and the particular type of infraction you were involved in. Needless to say, the cleaner your Maine driving record was before this traffic violation, the better.

The Benefits of a Clean Maine Driving Record

A clean Maine driving record helps you in many ways. By keeping your Maine driving record as clean as possible, you help avoid a suspension of your Maine driving privileges, prevent stern court orders in the event you are convicted of a traffic offense, and eliminate increases in your car insurance premiums. In fact, a clean Maine driving record may even qualify you for an insurance discount.

Maine Mature Drivers Insurance Discount

Many insurance companies offer insurance discounts for drivers who make up a statistically-greater portion of all traffic vioations. If you are a Maine Mature Driver, a driver over the age of 55, your insurancee carrier likely will grant you an opportunity to participate in a Maine driver improvement program or a Maine onlinetraffic school in an effort to refresh you on safe driving habits and improve your overall defensive driving sklills. By showing your auto insurance provider that you are intent on being a safe driver through successful completion of a Maine online traffic school or Maine online driver improvement program, you have an opportunity to see your insurance costs drop significantly.

Maine Juvenile Drivers Insurance Discount

Maine Juvenile drivers, drivers under the age of 18, may be eligible for similar opportunities. If you are a Maine juvenile driver, or are a parent of a Maine juvenile driver, you should contact your auto insurance company to see what types of Maine driver improvement programs are available to help lower insurance premiums that, for young drivers, can often be very expensive. Insurance discounts can often save you hundreds to thousands of dollars annually, and the longer you maintain a safe driving record from a young age, the further your insruance premiums will drop.

Maine Classroom Traffic Schools

If you would like a list of location for traditional classroom-style Maine traffic school or driver improvement programs, or locations to particpate in the Maine Drivign Dynamics course, you can call the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety at (800) 525-1252, or contact a Maine BMV office. You can also write into the Maine BMV at the address below to see if they provide a list of Maine pre-approved brick-and-mortar traffic schools:

Bureau of Motor Vehicles


Driver License Services Division
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029

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What is the preferred method of payment in order for me to receive my certificate for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online ticket dismissal course as soon as possible?
If you have a time deadline, it would be preferred to make payment by credit card or online check, rather than mailing in a check or money order.  However, any of these methods of payment are acceptable for completing the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine driver safety course.
How long should I expect to wait for the Maine certificate of completion if it is sent to me by Federal Express?
If you select FedEx, you have the option of selecting Priority Overnight certificate completion delivery (by or before 10:30AM the next business morning), Standard Overnight certificate of completion delivery (by or before 5PM the next business day), Second Day delivery (by or before 5PM on the second business day), Express Delivery (by or before 5PM on the third business day), and if you complete your online Maine traffic school course on a Friday we also offer FedEx Saturday Delivery (by or before 12PM on Saturday). 
Do I need to worry about the security of my personal information?

Nope! The GoToTrafficSchool.com website uses SSL encryption to guard the safety and integrity of your sensitive information.  When registering for any of our Maine online traffic school or Maine online defensive driving courses there is no need to worry about your personal or credit card information.  

Is the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course accepted by my Maine court if I need a dismissal of a traffic ticket?
While the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online driver improvement course is approved for online defensive driving in most states, it may not be approved by your court.  Therefore, we recommend that you contact your Maine court in order to be sure that the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online ticket dismissal, Maine online insurance reduction, or Maine online point reduction course is approved for dismissal of a Maine traffic ticket.
Can GoToTrafficSchool.com help me save money on Maine online traffic school compared to others?
In a word, yes!  GoToTrafficSchool.com has become one of the nation’s largest providers of Maine online traffic school and Maine online defensive driving courses in Maine because we can offer customers a lower price than anyone else in the market. We enroll such a large volume of students in our Maine defensive driving and Maine traffic school courses that we can afford to have a smaller per student profit margin than schools that enroll fewer students. For that reason, you take our Maine online traffic school and Maine online defensive driving courses secure in the knowledge that you are getting a traffic school program at the lowest price in the Maine driver safety industry.  Guaranteed.    
What lies in store for me during the Maine online traffic school course?
You will have to read several chapters’ worth of information, with each chapter of the Maine online traffic school course ending with a multiple choice quiz that will help prepare you for the final exam. Then, all you have to do is pass the Maine online final exam and your hard-earned certificate of completion will be mailed according to the delivery method you chose at registration. The only thing you need is a computer with internet access.
Upon completion of the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online driver improvement course, can I request a discount of my auto insurance premiums?
There are many Maine insurance companies that will agree to discount your premiums upon completion of a Maine online driver safety course, but not all of them offer this. To find out if your Maine insurance company  gives safe driver discounts to policyholders who successfully complete a Maine online traffic school course, speak with your insurance agent.
Will it take longer for me to receive my Maine online ticket dismissal certificate if I take the Maine online defensive driving course over a three day period from two different computers, versus taking the Maine online driver safety course over three days from a single home computer?
It will not delay the Maine online ticket dismissal certificate if you take the Maine online driver safety course from two different computers versus only your home computer.  The program is set up so that you may logon to any computer that has internet access and that has the correct flash and browser requirements installed.
Can the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course be finished without cramming hours of study into each day?
Absolutely! As long as you finish the Maine  online driver safety course within 180 days of the date you registered at GoToTrafficSchool.com, you can go at whatever pace suits you best. One of the biggest strengths of our course offerings at GoToTrafficSchool.com that a traditional classroom Maine driver safety course can’t match is an ability to work around your schedule.
How can I find out if my certificate of completion was sent to me or to my court now that I am done with the Maine online traffic school or Maine online defensive driving course?

Your certificate of completion can be mailed either to you or to the Maine court that has jurisdiction over your ticket, depending on the rules of your court. If we are required to send your certificate of completion directly to your court in Maine, as soon as we send out your certificate of completion we will notify you via e-mail. You can then check with the court in Maine to make sure that they have received your certificate of completion. Once you are registered into our course we will give you the contact information for your court in the member’s area of our website. You can then contact your Maine court to make sure that they have received your certificate of completion.

I don’t see myself finishing the Maine defensive driving internet course. Is the fee that I paid still refundable?
If you have to stop taking the Maine defensive driving internet course well before you have the end, then yes, the course fee is still refundable. GoToTrafficSchool.com honors only refund requests that are made prior to completion of the Maine online traffic school course.
Does your Maine online defensive driving course take into account those students who are visually impaired?

Yes.  All of our Maine online traffic school courses are fully ADA (American with Disabilities Act) compliant.  We provide a "read along" option in all of our Maine driver safety courses that reads the Maine driver improvement course text aloud as you follow along with the online text.

Do all Maine courts accept the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online traffic school or Maine online defensive driving course?
Not all courts accept the Maine online driver safety course, which is why we strongly suggest you check with the Maine court judge to make sure that the online driver safety course at GoToTrafficSchool.com meets the court’s requirement.
I attended a Maine traffic school course several years ago. How can I find out if I am eligible to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online driver improvement course?
Most states only allow defendants to take defensive driving once every 12 to 24 months.  We recommend that you check with your Maine court to be sure that you are eligible to take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online driver safety course.
How long are the Maine online traffic school quizzes for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online ticket dismissal course?
There are three to five questions in each Maine online defensive driving quiz for the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course.
How can I confirm whether I am eligible for point reduction if I take the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online driver improvement course?
In most states, you can take our Maine online traffic school course to keep points from being applied to your Maine driving record, as too many points can cause increased Maine insurance premiums or suspended Maine driving privileges.  Although a few states may allow you to take the Maine GoToTrafficSchool.com online defensive driving course for the purpose of removing existing points from your driving record, this is generally not the case.
I received a citation out of state. If I take the Maine GoToTrafficSchool.com online defensive driving course, how can I be sure that the Maine court will not reject my certificate?
If you got a ticket in Maine then you must enroll in our Maine online traffic school course.  Also, if you take an online defensive driving course for a state or country other than the state or country in which you received your citation, the Maine court may reject your certificate and you may not get credit for the course.
If I enroll in the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online traffic school course, when should I expect that the Maine court of issuance will receive my Maine certificate of completion?
We recommend that you allow at least 3 to 5 business days after the completion of the Maine online driver improvement course to have the Maine certificate of completion processed and sent to the Maine court of issuance.  If you order expedited shipping through FedEx, you can have the Maine certificate of completion delivered the next business day after you complete the Maine online driver improvement course.
I have been told by my Maine court to attend a Maine traffic school course. Can I enroll in the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course to satisfy the court's requirement?
If the Maine court judge specifically told you to enroll in GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine driver improvement course online, then you can register for this course.  If your Maine court judge did not specify which Maine traffic safety course to attend, then we strongly encourage you to first ask the Maine judge if you may take traffic school online at GoToTrafficSchool.com. 
Are you the same company as the one called TrafficSchoolOnline.com, which is also known as OnlineTrafficSchool.com?
No. Our company name is GoToTrafficSchool.com and we offer online traffic school and online defensive driving courses. The other company; www.trafficschoolonline.com, also offers online traffic school courses and online defensive driving courses. 
Will my court dismiss every one of my tickets if I complete the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course?
Completing the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course will only allow the dismissal of a single traffic citation. The rules of most courts won’t allow you to dismiss multiple tickets with a single online traffic school course.  In addition, most states limit eligibility to just one traffic school, defensive driving, driver improvement or point reduction course within a 12, 18 or 24 month-period. Carefully read our "eligibility details" for more information about your court’s rules for traffic school courses. If no eligibility details are present, get in touch with your court in Maine to make sure that you can enroll in a Maine online traffic school course to dismiss your ticket.
What is the reason for the ID verification being requested by my Maine court?
If your Maine court requires you to verify your identity, you will be asked to provide a proctored final exam, a notarized final exam answer sheet or be subject to a limited credit check. Courts use identity verification to certify that you are who you say you are prior to completing the final examination for the Maine online defensive driving course. This is a security measure against people using imposters to take their online classes for them. We will let you know if your court in Maine requires ID verification.
I want to take the Maine online traffic school course through streaming video format because I do not have internet connection. Is this possible?
Yes!  GoToTrafficSchool.com offers internet traffic school, streaming video traffic school and DVD traffic school formats.  Please check with your Maine court for more information about the availability of certain Maine online insurance reduction course formats.
How can I request my Maine internet driver improvement course password?
No problem!  If you forget your GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online driver improvement course password, just click "forgot password" on the login screen and GoToTrafficSchool.com will email your Maine online driver improvement course password to you in a matter of seconds!
Do I have to worry about my Maine online driver safety course expiring at some point?
Yes, it can happen. Your Maine online driver safety course will expire 6 months (180 days) from the date of your registration at GoToTrafficSchool.com. So you won’t forget, GoToTrafficSchool.com will send you a reminder email whenever your account has been inactive for a certain length of time.
I’m always concerned about forfeiting my privacy on the internet. How carefully does GoToTrafficSchool.com handle the personal info of people who register for the Maine traffic school internet course?
GoToTrafficSchool.com wouldn’t have become one of the nation’s largest providers of Maine online traffic school courses if we didn’t care about our customers’ privacy. For more details about our privacy policies, refer to the “privacy policy” link on the GoToTrafficSchool.com homepage. We will not share, sell or distribute your personal information to any third party, unless we are required to do so by a government entity or court in order to process the Maine internet traffic school course.
Can you confirm what I need to do if my internet connection fails after I have started the GoToTrafficSchool.com Maine online defensive driving course final exam?
If your internet connection fails while you are taking the Maine online driver improvement course, don't worry...  We can help!  If you lose course time, fail a quiz or the final exam as a result of loss of internet connectivity, contact the GoToTrafficSchool.com customer service center immediately and we will do our best to make sure you are not penalized for something that is beyond your control. 

Online defensive driving and online traffic school courses also offered in these Maine counties:

Androscoggin Hancock Oxford Somerset
Aroostook Kennebec Penobscot Waldo
Cumberland Knox Pescataquis Washington
Franklin Lincoln Sagadahoc York

Online defensive driving and online traffic school courses also offered in these Maine cities:

Auburn Brewer Hallowell Rockland
Augusta Calais Lewiston Saco
Bangor Caribou Old Town South Portland
Bath Eastport Portland Waterville
Belfast Ellsworth Presque Isle Westbrook
Biddeford Gardiner

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