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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing
1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0001