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Maine State Police - Annual Report, 1979

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Obtaining greater speed limit compliance, removing the drinking driver from the highway, and combating crime highlighted Maine State Police activities during 1979.
As a result of stepped-up enforcement of the 55 mph speed limit, speeding declined 25 percent during the year, with nearly two-thirds of all motorists complying with the limit imposed. In addition, through the only program of its kind at present in New England, Maine State police officers acquired expertise in accident reconstruction that provides precise determination of accident causation factors (i.e., by using mathematical analysis and interpretation of vehicle damage in accident investigation). Maine also instituted the Law Enforcement Orientation Program to assist in the placement of more women and minorities within the State police. During 1979, the State Police School graduated 32 individuals to assist in combating crime and enforcing speed limits. Also, Maine obtained access to drug-related Federal intelligence data bases, and an increased gambling investigative capability was also gained during the year. State police supplemented the department's public information program by speaking to civic groups, disseminating crime prevention material, and displaying exhibits. Further descriptions of Maine State Police special and support services are provided. An organizational chart and a statistical digest of the year's activities are included. (Author abstract modified)