Maine Alliance for Road Associations
In 2017 this law, title 17-A was modified to include a way that has public access or a body having like powers from obstructing the free passage and refuses to remove obstruction given by law enforcement.
Has anyone used this law? We've attempted it but the law enforcement officers weren't familiar with it.
1. A person is guilty of obstructing public ways if he unreasonably obstructs the free passage of foot or vehicular traffic on any public way, and refuses to cease or remove the obstruction upon a lawful order to do so given him by a law enforcement officer.
[ 1975, c. 499, §1 (NEW) .]
2. As used in this section, "public way" means a way, including a sidewalk, owned and maintained by the State, a county or a municipality over which the general public has a right to pass by foot or by vehicle, a way upon which the public has access as invitees or licensees or a way under the control of park commissioners or a body having like powers.
[ 2017, c. 432, Pt. C, §2 (AMD) .]
3. Obstructing public ways is a Class E crime.
1975, c. 499, §1 (NEW). 2015, c. 358, §2 (AMD). 2017, c. 432, Pt. C, §2 (AMD).
The Maine Alliance for Road Associations