January 22, 2018
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WINDSOR, Maine — Police say it appears drugs and erratic driving led to a three-vehicle crash in Windsor that killed a 28-year-old man and left a 17-year-old girl with life-threatening injuries Thursday morning, according to the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department. As flames spread through one of… Read More
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  • PabMainer

    Tragic accidents on Maine’s highways have been injuring & claiming many lives lately…..very sadly so……

    • Lois Theriault

      This is especially tragic, because it was totally preventable.

  • Anonymous

    “Before the crash, a red 1989 Buick Reatta was reported to be speeding through Route 17 traffic, passing vehicles in the breakdown lane.”

    I just attended a training seminar put on by the state of Maine. The instructor stated passing on the right is legal as long as your tires don’t leave the pavement.

    • Anonymous

      Under what circumstances is that legal- a vehicle is making a left turn, so you pass them on the right? Or, traffic is going the speed limit, and someone passes on the right?

      Granted, this article doesn’t say which of the two scenarios it was, but I’m going to take a guess (based on the other references to reckless driving), that it was the second. That does not seem legal, OR SAFE, to me.

      • FELT

        When traffic slows it is common to have bicycles pass cars using the breakdown/bike lane, esp. on downhill stretches. I thought it illegal, but perhaps they have some special exemption, because they are never stopped and ticketed. In Boston, it is very common to pass on the both breakdown lanes on I295, extremely risky esp. at merge points but common.

        I feel the law is rather muddy on use of breakdown lanes.

        • Alykins

          A person operating a bicycle or roller skis may pass a vehicle on the right at the bicyclist’s or roller skier’s own risk.

          Park outside of Boston, take the T in :)

        • Scott Harriman

          Like Alykins said, bicyclists and roller skiers are allowed to pass on the right at any time, whereas other operators may not.

    • Anonymous

      Passing on the right is legal as long no tires leave the normal travel protion of the road. In other words you can not drive in the breakdown lane/over the white line to pass on the right. No white lines? then I would guess the edge of the pavement would be the “line” but I’m not sure I’d try it right in front of the cops

      • Anonymous

        You can’t pass on the right unless the vehicle in front is turning left, or about to turn left. You can’t pass on the right unless there is unobstructed roadway (including one direction highways) of sufficient width for two or more lines of traffic. If you do pass on the right, the law reguires it be done under condtions that are safe and you cannot drive off the paved roadway to do so.

    • Anonymous

      The instructor is from Maine?

    • Scott Harriman

      The instructor is wrong.

      Passing on the right is only legal if it is done on “the main traveled portion of the way”. Paved shoulders are not designed for travel.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure the instructor was fine, and the original poster was sleeping/playing angry birds on his $20 Big Lots android device.

    • Anonymous

      Passing on the shoulder is only legal if the car you are passing has STOPPED and is turning, and your tires don’t touch the dirt. I think you should have paid better attention in that seminar.

  • Anonymous

    That is one fast toxicology result! It sounds like a logical theory though.

  • Lois Theriault

    praying for the girls recovery. very sad…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to all who responded, especially the ones who saved the girl from the fire. Hope everyone recovers.

  • Anonymous

    Since reading this article, other stories came out from witnesses, and one man following behind actually saw the girl repeatedly “hitting” the driver and continually trying to correct the steering. Other witnesses estimated the vehicle was going around 100 mph when the crash occurred. What an awful thing. One young life lost. It’s amazing that no one else was killed. I hope the girl and the other victims recover well.

  • He Who Walks Behind The Rows

    what was a 17 year old doing with a 2 8 year old

  • Alykins

    ENOUGH illegal passing. I’m fed up with it. I am driving to VT again today, I make regular trips to visit family. I have never seen so many people passing illegally as I have in the past few months. I’ve not only been passed illegally, but I’ve also been the car in the oncoming lane. People know that unless they have the misfortune of doing this in front of a cop, they won’t get caught. I had heard *77 connects to state police so I tried it the last time I felt someone was endangering the lives of others & it didn’t work. Next time, I swear I will call 911 on your butt.

    I suggest others do the same & call the police on these people. Blast your horn at them (why am I the only person that does this?) for all you know, it could be the only warning an oncoming vehicle has. And blast your horn if you’re the car they could have hit. And then call 911. After this, there’s no question for me. Passing illegally actively endangers lives & that’s what 911 is for.

    Sorry if I got a little rant-y there, this topic just really boils my blood. If you pass illegally, you never know who you may kill (other than yourself).
    My thoughts are with all involved in this.

  • Alykins

    BTW, thought this would come in handy..

    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/29-A/title29-Asec2070.html
    Maine’s laws regarding passing another vehicle.

    Last bit from Passing on the Right:
    An operator may pass on the right only under conditions permitting that movement in safety. An operator may not overtake by driving off the pavement or main traveled portion of the way.

    http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/29-A/title29-Ach19sec0.html
    Operating a vehicle in Maine.

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