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  • Prohibition on stopping traffic to hand out safety info?

    I've heard a couple of times that it would be a violation of Maine law for a safety-education organization to stop vehicles on a public way and distribute informational flyers, rewards for drivers who were complying with whatever the organization was advocating, etc. I know about Title 29-A, Sec. 2109, but I don't think it applies. (Just this morning, my local fire dept. was doing a "fill the boot" campaign on a 30 MPH section of a state highway, and I gave a buck to each of the cheerful young people who were out on front of the fire station. They were wearing turnout coats or other high-visibility gear, and I'm sure the traffic safety people would have fluorescent orange or yellow vests on, too.)

    The safety advocates wouldn't be soliciting funds, so unless there's another statute that I overlooked, I think somebody is misreading Sec. 2109. I haven't been able to find the text of the former Title 29, §2187 ("Stopping of traffic by hawkers and vendors forbidden"), which I think was repealed in 1993. Maybe somebody's thinking of that one.

    If there's something I'm missing, please clue me in.
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