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Apr
6

Maine couple accused of leading police on chase with 3 children in vehicle

BUT THEY LATER FOUND OUT HE’D TAKEN OFF BEFORE POLICE ARRIVED A COUPLE FACING SEVERAL CHARGES… AFTER LEADING STATE POLICE ON A á20á MILE CHASE ACROSS OXFORD COUNTY – WITH áTHREE YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE CAR. TYLER SHORTY AND AMANDA PINGREE DROVE OFF WHEN A TROOPER TRIED TO STOP THEM LAST NIG

Maine couple accused of leading police on chase with 3 children in vehicle


A Maine couple is accused of drunken driving and leading police on a 20-mile chase with their three children inside the vehicle.Tyler Shorty, 31, of Oakland, was also charged with operating after suspension, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, failing to stop, eluding, driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of a child.Amanda Pingree, 34, of Andover, was also charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration. Maine State Police said the chase started when a trooper tried to stop the couple’s pickup truck Thursday night.Police said the chase went from Andover to Richardson Lake Township, and at one point, the truck stopped and Pingree took over driving for Shorty.Police eventually stopped the truck and found the couple’s three children, ages 11 to 15 months, inside.Shorty was arrested and taken to the Oxford County Jail.Police said Pingree was charged but not arrested.

A Maine couple is accused of drunken driving and leading police on a 20-mile chase with their three children inside the vehicle.

Tyler Shorty, 31, of Oakland, was also charged with operating after suspension, operating a vehicle with a suspended registration, failing to stop, eluding, driving to endanger and endangering the welfare of a child.

Amanda Pingree, 34, of Andover, was also charged with operating a vehicle with a suspended registration.

Maine State Police said the chase started when a trooper tried to stop the couple’s pickup truck Thursday night.

Police said the chase went from Andover to Richardson Lake Township, and at one point, the truck stopped and Pingree took over driving for Shorty.

Police eventually stopped the truck and found the couple’s three children, ages 11 to 15 months, inside.

Shorty was arrested and taken to the Oxford County Jail.

Police said Pingree was charged but not arrested.

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Apr
5

Maine vehicle inspection expirations extended for the duration of state of emergency


Governor Janet Mills issued an executive order last week that
indefinitely extends expiration dates on all vehicle inspection stickers and
registrations, as well as driver’s licenses and state IDs. Expiration dates are
extended until the state of emergency caused by the spread of coronavirus in
Maine is lifted.

Included in the order are all driver’s licenses, permits, state identification cards, commercial driver’s licenses, dealer licenses, salvage motor vehicle recycler licenses, driver and rider school licenses and instructor licenses. In addition, the Maine State Police, which is responsible for overseeing Maine’s annual vehicle inspection program, is also extending expiration dates on vehicle inspections and registrations, and temporary registrations, for the duration of the state of emergency.

The order issued last week extends a similar order issued on March 15. Maine police departments have been directed halt enforcement of expired vehicle inspections as well.

 “The State of Maine
recognizes the needs of individuals, families and businesses for
transportation, work and commerce during the emergency. These registrations can
be renewed after the emergency ends,” the Secretary of State’s Office said in a
statement.

Lawmakers had the opportunity to eliminate Maine’s annual vehicle inspection program entirely in the First Session of the 129th Legislature. However, the state’s transportation committee unanimously voted in opposition to the bill despite evidence that inspections waste time and money while providing no benefit towards improving public health and safety.

Discussing the inspection program, the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Dave Miramant, said, “No evidence supports that [the inspection program] has any benefit, and I still say we’re taking advantage of Maine drivers at a time when they can least afford it, and not to any safety benefit.”

He cited a 2017 Brigham Young University study
that found:

“Terminating the vehicle safety inspection program resulted in no significant change in either the frequency or intensity of fatalities due to car failure. This finding strongly suggests that vehicle safety inspection programs are no longer necessary, and are simply a form of redidual government oversight. Government attention to other areas (e.g. distracted driving laws, seat belt enforcement, etc.) is more efficient than safety inspections at ensuring road safety.”

In 2019, the state generated $3.5 million in revenue from
Mainers through the vehicle inspection program. In recent years, lawmakers have
also turned down proposals to move to a biennial inspection program and to
eliminate the inspection requirement for newer vehicles.

The temporary hiatus in vehicle inspections and enforcement should give lawmakers new motor vehicle safety data to examine in the 130th Legislature, hopefully to eliminate the state’s annual inspection program once and for all.


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