We're just wondering.  What would you do?

The car coming at you in the other lane just blinked its headlights at you, and then there he is, that Maine State Trooper sitting in his cruiser at the bottom of the hill that you just crested.

When you were warned just seconds earlier, you quickly slowed down and then looked down at the speedometer. You're okay, this time. No fine for you.

The main objective of a cop sitting on the side of the road is to get the point across, that the posted speed limit was set for a reason, to save lives. Speed limits are set by studying a variety of factors, including traffic, terrain, location, and the condition of the road itself, among other things.

We all know that it's best to obey the speed limit, and that a few miles per hour over it is pretty much okay if the weather and traffic conditions allow.

Besides drivers traveling in the opposite direction and blinking their lights, there's now another way to be warned about "speed traps", and that is Facebook. With Facebook Groups like Downeast Maine Traffic and Road Conditions, a warning of mass distribution can now be forwarded to literally thousands of people.

You may have read our observations of Route 1A between Brewer and Ellsworth, surely one of the most used and dangerous roads in eastern Maine.

So, with all this in mind, how do you feel about warning other drivers that "the cops are out?" Do you feel that you should blink your headlights, or, just let the speeders be caught so that a lesson is learned and the roads become safer?

Vintage Maine License Plates

Here's a sweet collection of vintage and antique Maine license plates from the last 100 years.

The General Stores Of Downeast Maine

These are the long-time general stores that are spread throughout downeast Maine. The stores that your grandparents picked up milk, beer, and that night's dinner at. For years they had been filled with things like fly paper, clothes, beef jerky, and that morning's newspaper. Now, you stop by for that slice of breakfast pizza, a tasty fried chicken sandwich for lunch, gas,and a handful of lottery tickets.

They're an important part of Maine's heritage, and their numbers are starting to dwindle. But we still frequent them to pick up the day's necessities and to keep up on town gossip.

They may not be owned by the original owners, and they may not look the same as they did years and years ago. But that same hometown feeling is there, the minute you set foot on their wooden floors. More than likely the same wooden floors that your grandparents set foot on.

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