Maine law enforcement officers have written up several hundred motorists for violating a law that prohibits motorists from using hand-held electronic devices.
The Portland Press Herald reports that 232 tickets have been written since the law went into effect on Sept. 19. Fine and fees are $85 for first-time offenders.
Legislative analysts predicted that in the first full fiscal year that ends June 30, 2021, police could write 5,500 citations, or about 458 tickets per month.
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Officers are allowed to issue a ticket if they see a phone in the hand of a motorist. Drivers are permitted to use hands-free calling systems or aftermarket Bluetooth devices to make and receive calls hands-free.