Maine Courts Fail to Notify Drivers of Suspensions

October 19, 2010

Court officials say nearly 300 people continue to drive on Maine roads with suspended licenses after failing to be notified their licenses were suspended.

Court officials told the Morning Sentinel that the drivers in question had their licenses suspended when they failed to appear in court to answer to traffic infractions. But because of an oversight, district court clerks in Farmington, Skowhegan and Springvale failed to notify the drivers of their suspensions as required by a 2005 law.

Before 2005, it was up to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, not the courts, to notify drivers their licenses were suspended.

Officials say clerks in those courts are now following correct procedures in the notification process.

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