Comments for: UMaine football player didn’t know his license was suspended, mother says

Posted Nov. 06, 2012, at 2:20 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 07, 2012, at 9:08 a.m.

ORONO | A University of Maine student with a suspended driver’s license was charged Tuesday morning after his vehicle reportedly struck another student who was walking to class, university spokeswoman Jessica Bloch said. Kendall James, 20, of Orono, a Black Bears football player, was driving on Beddington Road near …

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  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately the University can’t spend enough money on positive advertising to counteract all the negative publicity generated by some of it’s own students. When Maine voters step into the booth  to approve bond issues that support the University’s mission they often vote  no as all they can see is the antics of a minority of students and not the fantastic research work that goes on every day.
           Having a high enrollment number brings in some extra and badly needed tuition money, but actually costs the system money in the end when students that should not be there are allowed in.

  • Anonymous

    Umaine football player ?

    • Yes. Conveniently , this article left out that little nugget.

      • Anonymous

        Surprised they didn’t check on him before her.  Maybe if they had consistent winning seasons.

  • Ben Hutchins

    Now, I grant you that, at times during the day, pedestrian traffic on Beddington can be just the tiniest bit ridiculous – many students don’t bother to look where they’re walking, and have only the most casual understanding of those white stripes that are painted across the road here and there – but you’d have to be a real piece of Samsonite (or not looking) to run into somebody there at that hour.  Glad she’s not seriously hurt – I hope she was on the ball enough to bang on the hood of his car and yell “I’m walkin’ here!”

  • Anonymous

    I thought driving was a privilege.

    • That’s correct and in the drivers handbook, it used to say and I think it still does say something to the effect of driving is a privilege and only those who show themselves to be safe will retain that privilege.  I was in the one-way section of State St in Bangor on October 27th.  I was crossing a marked crosswalk on State St.  One lane of traffic had stopped, but from out of nowhere, this motorcycle had ignored the crosswalk and the speed limit on that section of State St and nearly hit me there.  That motorcyclist then had the gall to yell something rude at me after nearly hitting me, which would have severely injured me or even killed me since that motorist was probably going 45 in a 25.   Pedestrians are not always at fault, like some people think in this city.  I was minding my own business crossing at a crosswalk and some careless motorcycle driver could have ended my life.  Drivers need to pay attention.  I am getting extremely tired of driver inattention in the greater Bangor area.  You can not concentrate on your cellphone (texting or talking) and driving at the same time.  It can not  be done and should be outlawed in Maine, because that is how a lot of accidents in this area have happened. If you even think that you have better drivers than in the Portland area, I have some bad news for you. At least most of them will stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, even when they have a green light. Seemingly unbeknownst to many drivers in this area, frequently the lights are set up in this city so that the pedestrian has the WALK signal and the motorist has the GREEN light at the EXACT same time. Who’s idea was that?

      • Anonymous

        When I walk, I often run into the following scenario: a driver stops to let me cross in the crosswalk, but some impatient idiot passes the considerate driver on the right (travelling in the breakdown area).  The idiot driver almost hits me, and speeds off like they are rushing to a fire.  Too many drivers pass on the right without any regard as to why the car in front of them stops.

      • Anonymous

        Obviously you weren’t paying much attention, because unless you were at the intersection of State, Exchange, and Harlow streets, you weren’t on State Street.

        • Obviously you don’t know where I am talking about.  I was in the one-way section of State St where Bangor Savings Bank is located.  I’m pretty sure that’s State St since every business along that section gives their adress as State St.  Who’s not paying attention?

          • Anonymous

            Unless I’m mistaken, there is but one crosswalk away from the intersection of State, Exchange, and Harlow streets — leading from Hamlin Mall across Hammond Street. State Street does not begin until after the bridge.

          • There is a crosswalk not too far from Bangor Savings Bank. I think you can see that on Street View on Google Maps

            I guess that is Hammond St. Big deal. You knew what I meant, you just wanted to nitpick. I actually didn’t realize that Hammond and State were divided at the bridge and I bet most others don’t either. I though Hammond ended where it intersects with Main, but still that is just picking an argument for the sake of picking an argument.

      • Anonymous

        As a walking citizen of Portland, I can tell you that it doesn’t take long to figure out the relationship between walk signals and traffic signals.  The walk light turns on when traffic moving parallel to the crosswalk is given a green light.  There are plenty of signs saying that turning traffic must yield to pedestrians in these situations.  It makes perfect sense, really.  The only other option would be to stop all traffic and allow all pedestrians to cross at once, but that would cause serious traffic issues.  

        • Well, at least in Portland they know that and let the pedestrians at a crossing light cross.  Here in Bangor, they’ll ignore the pedestrians waiting that have the WALK signal because “might makes right” apparently is the law of Bangor.

          I”ve been in downtown Portland within the past few months and it is much easier to cross Congress in Portland than it is to cross Broadway in Bangor. What shocked me one time was when a driver stopped for a pedestrian that had a DON’T WALK signal in Portland. That may not happen often in Portland, but I have NEVER seen it happen in Bangor.

  • Anonymous

    The student is a clear menace to society.

    • most of the maine football team are a menace, and should not be allowed on a civilized campus or society. It seems each year there is problems with this team getting into trouble with the law, 2 years ago there was an issue with a player beating up two young girls was in the paper for one day and never heard about again, two weeks later there was an incident with a player who head butted a police officer in the face again this was swept under the carpet. Cosgrove does not care what his players are doing as long as they show up for practice and game time. These players do more drugs and booze then the rest of the campus combined, i believe that they should be doing drug testing on all players especially players who are playing with a scholarship, if they fail they should be expelled immediatly. Oh wait never mind that would be a waste of money since cosgrove whould just doctor the test anyway.

      • 63 players on scholarship Must be most the team  . It always get me how the rules are bent for some. 

  • Anonymous

    So was the pedestrian walking alongside of the road, crossing the road, in or out of a crosswalk? These are basic questions that should have been answered before the story was published.

  • Anonymous

    If, you have ever driven Bar Harbor’s Cottage Street at 9pm in August, it would make Beddington look like a cake walk, there is no excuse for hitting a pedestrian.

  • Throw this loser off the team.

  • Anonymous

    U Maine needs to enter the 21st century and outlaw vehicles on campus for anything other than deliveries.  It’s common sense people, most college students are grotesquely fat and could use the exercise anyway

    • Ben Hutchins

      Technically that would be entering the 19th century.

  • Anonymous

    UMaine students cross streets without looking, as a rule. I’m not surprised when a students gets hit. Granted, there’s no excuse for hitting anyone, but I’m not surprised.

    • Anonymous

      You do realize that pedestrians have the right of way at all times on the UMaine campus, do you not? That means drivers must watch out for pedestrians, not vice versa.

      • Anonymous

        Um, no, they do not have the right of way “at all times.” Pedestrians must walk within a crosswalk. Even then, they can’t suddenly walk into traffic.

        • Anonymous

          UMaine is considered a “walking campus” which, by definition, means that the pedestrian has the right of way at all times.  When you cram that many people into a campus that size, there really is no other option.  For example, it would be ridiculous for all 350 students who are getting out of class at DPC to funnel into one crosswalk.
          The students can, and do, just suddenly step off the curb and into the road.  As a motorist on campus, you have to go slowly and be watching out for them – because some of them do it without even looking first.

          As proof that the pedestrian has right-of-way, please see note at the bottom, center of this campus map:  
          http://umaine.edu/locator/files/2009/05/MapSide-2012.jpg

          • Ben Hutchins

             Amazingly, however, this does not confer actual invulnerability.

          • Anonymous

            “Walking campus.” Poppycock. Although the school likes to think it is an island unto itself and need not follow the laws and rules the rest of us must, it is not free to rewrite the law. The law governing pedestrians (http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/29-A/title29-Asec2056.html) applies everywhere. All UMaine roads are public ways. The low-level office worker who put that map together should know better, as should that person’s supervisor.

          • County Escapee

            Boston calls itself The Walking City and has more than 250,000 students coming in every fall. 
            It seems most are from East Bumpkiss, Kentucky and have never been off the farm the way they walk around here and would be slaughtered in a real city like NY. Motorists are told to drive defensively so why not walk defensively? Gotta look out for old #1!

            I should add that the numbers don’t count as it’s just the same, only on a bigger scale.

            That said, his football prowess is irrelevant to not being able to add up his points (barring a mistake by the State). It just adds to the stereotype…

      • Anonymous

        Yes, pedestrians have the right of way, but far too often, this entitlement gives them a false sense of security.  That can be a recipe for disaster.  Why would you want to “assume” it’s o.k. to cross the street just because you have the right of way?  Is that a risk worth taking?  I worked in downtown Bangor for years.  If I had crossed the street at a pedestrian crossing without looking every time, I would have been hurt or killed long ago.  Sometimes (especially in rotary traffic) the motorist truly does not see the pedestrian until the last minute, sometimes the motorist is distracted, sometimes the motorist is speeding, and sometimes the motorist just doesn’t give a damn.  If you’re lying in a hospital bed with multiple broken bones, are you going to feel better by saying “. . . but I had the right of way!”

  • Anonymous

    Why wasn’t the UM Coach aware that one of his playerswas driving on a suspended licence?…….or was he and ignored that little fact.

    • Anonymous

      Coach does not equal parent.

    • Anonymous

      That information isn’t usually readily available. And do you really think a coach should be concerned with keeping tabs on his players’ driving records throughout the season?

  • Anonymous

    Hope he plays ball better than he drives.

  • Anonymous

    This does happen a lot. Where the state doesn’t send out letters saying your lic is suspended.  Maybe the state needs to send a letter certified rec requested.  

    • Anonymous

       They don’t care if you know or not. They make big money on the fines.

  • Anonymous

    Say what… he didn’t know his license was suspended? Give me a break, I don’t buy this for a minute. I bet he knows he can serve time for this crime. I think the victim should press charges! It’s not a good thing that he drove her to the hospital. She could have had neck or spine injuries. I think he panicked since he did not have a license.

    • Anonymous

      Victims can’t press charges.

  • Anonymous

    How come the DMV did not notify him that his lic was under suspension?  Or did they?

  • Superuser23

    “He had no idea his license had been suspended nor did we,” his mother said. “His license in Nj is currently valid. We do not know why [Maine] is saying his license is suspended.”

    “His right to operate in Maine was under suspension due to accumulated points,” Bloch said.

    The subject here is not if you are licensed in NJ, it is are you licensed to drive in Maine? The answer is No your right to operate a motor vehicle in Maine is suspended for accumulated points which means your son has a bit of a history in this state for his driving conduct.

    • Big problem here which shows some people either don’t know or don’t care about the law.   

      Being licensed to drive in Maine means his New Jersey license was invalid.

      This is from the online edition of the Maine Motorist Handbook, page 3.  It is actually page 13 of the PDF file which can be found here:

      http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/licenses/MotoristHandbook.pdf

      Any out-of-state license must be surrendered at the time of issuance of the Maine license.

  • Scott Harriman

    “James was charged by UMaine police Sgt. Bob Norman with driving with a suspended license.”

    Why wasn’t he also charged for running over a pedestrian?

    • Because he is a football player.

    • Anonymous

      Probably because it may have been the pedestrian’s fault. Who knows, considering the lack of details for the incident in question because of the paper’s emphasis on what the driver did in a football game, which is totaly irrelevant.

      It seems the reporters are simply regurgitating what the university wants the news media to hear instead of — and I know this may be a new concept to some — doing actual reporting.

  • (1) South Beddington is not a through-street.  It is a cul-de-sac and dead end that only feeds the faculty/staff parking lot behind Stevens and beside AMC and Shibles.  There are ZERO student parking places located by entering that area.  There is no legal parking place for a student to be driving a vehicle to along this way.  There is no rationale for a student to be driving into that area to park.
    (2) If you’re living in Maine, you have to transfer your drivers’ license.  Considering football started at the start of August, it’s been over 90 days of residency in Maine.  A New Jersey license shouldn’t exist at this point.
    (3) Pedestrians have right of way *on the campus*.  No part of UMaine’s campus is a “public road/street/right of way” except for College Avenue.

    • Anonymous

      Pedestrians do not have an absolute right of way on the campus. All roads are public ways.

      A public way is defined as “a way, owned and maintained by the State, a county or a municipality, over which
      the general public has a right to pass” (MRSA Title 29-A, Sect. 101 (59).

      Anytime the school wants to change speed limits and alter traffic flow, it has to get approval from the Department of Transportation and, in some cases, the Department of Environmental Protection.

  • BS.

    i said the same thing when i was young and
    got stopped by cops  ‘i didnt know’ 

    [suspended due to not paying taxes]

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