Maine Revised Statutes

§2052. Divided highways

1. Divider defined.  For purposes of this section, a "divider" means an intervening space, a physical barrier or a clearly indicated dividing space dividing 2 ways and constructed to impede vehicular traffic over it.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
2. Drive on right-hand way.  When a public way has a divider, a vehicle may be driven only on the right-hand way.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
3. Crossing.  An operator may not drive a vehicle over, across or within a divider, or an opening or crossover of a divider.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. Q, §29 (AMD); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
3-A. Divider sign restrictions.  An operator may not disobey the restrictions on official signs at an opening or crossover of a divider.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. Q, §30 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
4. Limited access.  An operator may not drive a vehicle onto or from a limited-access way except at established entrances and exits.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
5. Limiting use.  The Department of Transportation or a municipality, with respect to a way under that authority's jurisdiction, may prohibit the use of a way by:
A. Pedestrians; or [2003, c. 452, Pt. Q, §31 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF).]
B. Bicycles, roller skis or other nonmotorized traffic, scooters, motorized bicycles or tricycles or motorized scooters. [2009, c. 484, §2 (AMD).]
[ 2009, c. 484, §2 (AMD) .]
5-A. Limiting use sign restrictions.  On limiting the use of a way, the authority shall erect and maintain official signs stating the prohibition. A person may not disobey the restrictions stated on those signs.
[ 2003, c. 452, Pt. Q, §32 (NEW); 2003, c. 452, Pt. X, §2 (AFF) .]
6. Ways with speed limit of 65 or more miles per hour.  An operator driving on a limited-access way with a speed limit of 65 or more miles per hour is restricted in ordinary operation to the right-hand lane and may use adjacent lanes for overtaking and passing another vehicle, but must return to the right-hand lane at the earliest opportunity. This requirement does not apply to an authorized emergency vehicle, or to a vehicle otherwise directed by posted signs, a law enforcement officer or a highway maintenance crew.
[ 2011, c. 415, §1 (AMD) .]
7. Backing.  An operator may not drive a vehicle in reverse or back a vehicle on a limited-access way or on an entrance or exit of a limited-access way.
[ 1995, c. 247, §3 (NEW) .]
8. Breakdown lanes.  The operator of a vehicle may not overtake another vehicle on a limited-access way by driving on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane located on the right or the left of the travel lanes.
[ 2003, c. 340, §6 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 683, §A2 (NEW). 1993, c. 683, §B5 (AFF). 1995, c. 247, §3 (AMD). 2001, c. 360, §4 (AMD). 2003, c. 340, §6 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §§Q29-32 (AMD). 2003, c. 452, §X2 (AFF). 2005, c. 577, §27 (AMD). 2009, c. 484, §2 (AMD). 2011, c. 415, §1 (AMD).

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