What Does Maine Law Say About Alcohol?
Following is a partial list of pertinent Maine laws and how College regulations apply:
- Persons must be at least 21 years old to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages legally in the State of Maine.
- Persons must not present false identification, either written or oral, in order to obtain alcoholic beverages.
- Persons of legal drinking age must not provide alcoholic beverages to underage individuals.
- Unlicensed sale of alcohol in any form is illegal and expressly forbidden.
- The consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted out of doors only with special permission arranged through the Department of Security.
- Persons or organizations that serve alcoholic beverages may be responsible for the damages, both to person and property, of those served.
- Maine law makes it a crime for any person to knowingly give liquor to a minor or a visibly intoxicated person or to allow any minor under that person’s control or in any place under that person’s control to consume liquor.
- No minor shall transport alcohol in a motor vehicle except in the scope of his or her employment or with the parent’s knowledge or consent.
- Maine law prohibits drinking while operating a motor vehicle.
- It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, meaning a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. It is unlawful for a minor (under 21) to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .02 or higher.
- The Maine Liquor Liability Act serves to prevent alcohol-related injuries, deaths, and other damages among Maine’s population. This law makes one liable civilly for the negligent or reckless service of alcohol to a minor or to a person who is visibly intoxicated.