Governor seeks input on dealing with Maine's worst drivers

| Thursday, September 01, 2005

A working group recently formed by Gov. John Baldacci to reduce the number of dangerous drivers on Maine’s roads is asking for input from the public.

The group issued an interim report Monday, Aug. 29, outlining immediate actions and near-term actions to reduce the number of bad drivers in the state.

“This report is an important first step,” Baldacci said in a written statement. “We have more to do. I look forward to working with the Legislature to enact tougher laws, and we soon expect new tools for communities and law enforcement to help with prevention.”

The group met in response to a recent fatal accident on Interstate 95 in Hallowell, ME, involving a tractor-trailer and a car.

Trucker Scott Hewitt is blamed for the crash that killed 40-year-old Tina Turcotte of Scarborough, ME, on July 29.

After the wreck, the Portland Press Herald reported Hewitt has 63 driving convictions and 23 suspensions in Maine and other states.

Hewitt’s Maine license and registration were both under suspension at the time of the accident, and there were outstanding warrants for his arrest, the newspaper reported.

The governor has asked public interest organizations, law enforcement, trade associations and the public to provide comments on the group’s report, which is available at www.maine.gov/governor/baldacci/issues/DangerousDriverReport.html.

Those who would like to comment on the report should do so by sending e-mail to governor@maine.gov or by writing to:

Gov. Baldacci
1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0001

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