Maine Revised Statutes

§3029-A. Damage to public easement; cause of action

1. Cause of action.   An owner of property abutting a discontinued or abandoned road in which a public easement exists may bring a civil action in Superior Court for damages and injunctive relief against a person who causes damage to the road in a manner that impedes reasonable access by the property owner to the property owner's property by motor vehicle as defined in Title 29-A, section 101, subsection 42.
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2. Damages.   Damages may be sought pursuant to subsection 1 in an amount reasonably necessary to restore the road to its condition prior to the use by the person against whom the action is brought.
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3. Attorney's fees and costs.   If the plaintiff under subsection 1 is the prevailing party, the plaintiff may be awarded reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
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4. Application.   This section does not apply to:
A. A law enforcement officer who, in an emergency and within the scope of that law enforcement officer's employment, operates a motor vehicle on a public easement; or [2015, c. 464, §8 (NEW).]
B. An emergency responder who, in an emergency and while performing the duties of an emergency responder, operates a motor vehicle on a public easement. [2015, c. 464, §8 (NEW).]
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SECTION HISTORY
2015, c. 464, §8 (NEW).