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The Boston Globe OnlineBoston.com Boston Globe Online / Speed Trap: Who gets a ticket, who gets a breal

Ticketing locals vs. out-of-towners
(all departments, alphabetically)

Note: Speeding citations only. Readers are cautioned not to make much of percentages when they are based on a small number of cases, such as fewer than 50.

An asterisk (*) indicates department submitted no warnings.

Source: Boston Globe analysis of tickets and warnings in Massachusetts, April and May 2001, from the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
See methodology and articles

Police Department % ticketed in-town % ticketed out-of-town Citations in-town Citations out-of-town
Abington 0% 15% 9 59
Acton* 100% 100% 57 134
Acushnet 77% 75% 22 40
Adams 15% 44% 13 32
Agawam 30% 39% 170 131
Amesbury 18% 29% 62 91
Amherst 12% 8% 86 201
Andover 33% 45% 128 253
Aquinnah N/A 14% 0 7
Arlington 7% 10% 85 197
Ashburnham 41% 31% 17 54
Ashby 50% 40% 6 122
Ashfield 33% 85% 3 20
Ashland 24% 32% 34 69
Athol 29% 47% 17 19
Attleboro 93% 90% 150 248
Auburn 73% 87% 40 212
Avon 67% 74% 3 138
Ayer 31% 39% 49 264
Barnstable 23% 29% 337 278
Barre 21% 47% 14 47
Becket N/A 46% 0 13
Bedford 10% 26% 39 142
Belchertown 56% 68% 50 127
Bellingham 43% 65% 97 324
Belmont 16% 19% 49 247
Berkley 75% 100% 4 35
Berlin N/A 94% 0 32
Bernardston N/A 69% 0 13
Beverly 42% 57% 110 171
Billerica 38% 63% 129 260
Blackstone 30% 47% 102 264
Blandford N/A 45% 0 11
Bolton 25% 23% 4 40
Boston 51% 49% 3,225 3,369
Bourne 23% 30% 81 143
Boxborough 5% 38% 20 63
Boxford 24% 31% 25 58
Boylston 50% 45% 6 103
Braintree 11% 9% 118 343
Brewster 27% 15% 30 54
Bridgewater 6% 7% 241 541
Brimfield 0% 37% 3 41
Brockton 77% 87% 71 55
Brookfield 43% 74% 7 166
Brookline 37% 46% 266 1,070
Buckland N/A 30% 0 10
Burlington 16% 34% 90 284
Cambridge 29% 30% 42 225
Canton 22% 45% 115 378
Carlisle 33% 34% 9 53
Carver 20% 9% 5 23
Charlemont N/A 21% 0 29
Charlton 48% 60% 40 119
Chatham 32% 29% 19 38
Chelmsford 51% 55% 45 104
Chelsea 89% 87% 128 537
Cheshire 13% 55% 8 56
Chester 0% 56% 3 27
Chesterfield 33% 73% 6 41
Chicopee 58% 63% 106 179
Chilmark N/A 0% 0 3
Clarksburg N/A 52% 0 48
Clinton 45% 43% 22 67
Cohasset 6% 28% 31 134
Colrain 100% 67% 1 3
Concord 57% 65% 65 205
Conway 0% 60% 2 5
Cummington* N/A 100% 0 14
Dalton 56% 67% 9 57
Danvers 21% 20% 75 274
Dartmouth 65% 55% 26 31
Dedham 22% 36% 113 662
Deerfield 16% 29% 25 52
Dennis 10% 12% 82 129
Dighton 0% 33% 1 9
Douglas 15% 31% 53 142
Dover 9% 15% 11 62
Dracut 18% 14% 141 189
Dudley 87% 92% 15 76
Dunstable 33% 54% 6 46
Duxbury 7% 7% 173 431
East Bridgewater 39% 43% 36 102
East Brookfield 0% 31% 3 104
East Longmeadow 56% 71% 27 58
Eastham 20% 40% 40 383
Easthampton 56% 65% 34 66
Easton 30% 36% 185 240
Edgartown 70% 29% 10 24
Egremont 25% 53% 4 160
Erving 0% 65% 2 62
Essex 63% 83% 8 35
Everett 21% 26% 24 61
Fairhaven 31% 39% 29 51
Fall River 90% 87% 311 350
Falmouth 14% 18% 430 696
Fitchburg 18% 40% 82 82
Foxborough 14% 17% 36 66
Framingham 53% 54% 90 105
Franklin 21% 23% 333 434
Freetown 36% 59% 25 111
Gardner 61% 79% 59 165
Georgetown 75% 96% 4 24
Gill N/A 62% 0 84
Gloucester* 100% 100% 11 10
Goshen N/A 73% 0 37
Grafton 21% 7% 28 54
Granby 25% 69% 4 42
Granville N/A 67% 0 3
Great Barrington 64% 75% 11 24
Greenfield 47% 42% 43 72
Groton 46% 60% 28 67
Groveland 58% 70% 12 93
Hadley 26% 33% 19 132
Halifax 67% 72% 3 39
Hamilton 27% 38% 11 58
Hampden 31% 67% 13 91
Hanover 62% 68% 13 31
Hanson 57% 79% 23 167
Hardwick 20% 66% 5 41
Harvard 44% 43% 18 35
Harwich 12% 14% 50 111
Hatfield 57% 70% 7 27
Haverhill 90% 93% 52 43
Hingham 22% 25% 78 184
Hinsdale* 100% 100% 7 42
Holbrook 100% N/A 1 0
Holden 25% 19% 110 200
Holland 100% 81% 2 16
Holliston 50% 46% 28 82
Holyoke 81% 87% 27 61
Hopedale 13% 26% 16 109
Hopkinton 30% 50% 53 92
Hubbardston 40% 35% 10 81
Hudson 10% 14% 71 120
Hull 64% 80% 14 10
Huntington* 100% N/A 1 0
Ipswich 46% 43% 13 7
Kingston 22% 37% 9 19
Lakeville 25% 78% 4 55
Lancaster 19% 43% 21 118
Lanesborough 33% 60% 3 48
Lawrence 36% 22% 66 112
Lee 50% 73% 8 40
Leicester 33% 54% 15 48
Lenox 17% 27% 47 308
Leominster 45% 60% 150 124
Leverett 25% 89% 4 36
Lexington 74% 73% 35 73
Leyden* 100% 100% 1 1
Lincoln 23% 52% 40 315
Littleton 43% 80% 7 94
Longmeadow 9% 27% 68 148
Lowell 89% 92% 89 131
Ludlow 93% 98% 29 44
Lunenburg 20% 52% 5 33
Lynn 61% 69% 213 194
Lynnfield 75% 50% 4 8
Malden 81% 81% 59 291
Manchester-by-the-Sea 50% 74% 14 88
Mansfield 34% 42% 64 91
Marblehead 50% 56% 4 9
Marion 25% 40% 4 15
Marlborough 49% 51% 259 325
Marshfield 58% 53% 154 115
Mashpee 15% 24% 26 49
Mattapoisett 12% 13% 26 75
Maynard 67% 88% 24 152
MBTA 100% 86% 1 29
Medfield 14% 9% 7 46
Medford 78% 80% 85 220
Medway 6% 11% 72 263
Melrose 22% 37% 18 49
Mendon 26% 82% 19 354
Merrimac 50% 87% 6 30
Methuen 40% 40% 78 94
Middleborough 66% 85% 61 277
Middleton 50% 56% 12 88
Milford 19% 32% 77 103
Millbury 40% 73% 15 30
Millis 50% 64% 6 28
Millville 33% 28% 3 39
Milton 13% 18% 72 295
Monson 37% 49% 38 51
Montague 100% 33% 2 15
Monterey* 100% 100% 1 44
Nahant 50% 50% 4 12
Nantucket 62% 75% 13 4
Natick 74% 81% 123 503
Needham 8% 3% 61 114
New Bedford 41% 27% 159 90
New Braintree* N/A 100% 0 5
New Salem N/A 86% 0 7
Newbury 7% 49% 14 135
Newburyport 26% 25% 139 331
Newton 7% 6% 365 845
Norfolk 0% 11% 52 109
North Adams 84% 87% 25 31
North Andover 33% 54% 75 234
North Attleborough 28% 37% 95 223
North Brookfield 36% 45% 11 22
North Reading 18% 39% 34 59
Northampton 11% 11% 53 119
Northborough 30% 56% 50 163
Northbridge 8% 6% 179 317
Northfield 64% 88% 11 74
Norton 6% 26% 32 86
Norwell 67% 42% 24 72
Norwood 10% 21% 135 542
Oak Bluffs 0% 43% 3 49
Oakham* 100% 100% 5 33
Orange 50% 71% 12 24
Orleans 40% 52% 5 29
Otis 0% 43% 2 37
Oxford 20% 25% 5 32
Palmer 13% 12% 97 253
Paxton 15% 24% 13 169
Peabody 14% 12% 74 146
Pelham N/A 83% 0 150
Pembroke 19% 28% 102 137
Pepperell 16% 15% 69 129
Peru N/A 0% 0 3
Petersham 0% 97% 1 36
Phillipston N/A 25% 0 40
Pittsfield 67% 79% 167 181
Plainville N/A 87% 0 31
Plymouth 15% 14% 822 610
Plympton 25% 48% 4 62
Princeton 8% 26% 12 77
Provincetown 50% 47% 8 19
Quincy 8% 5% 221 264
Randolph 56% 65% 80 119
Raynham 88% 88% 26 96
Reading 8% 6% 138 217
Rehoboth 75% 69% 8 52
Revere 52% 54% 133 246
Rochester 0% 43% 5 30
Rockland 46% 59% 76 197
Rockport 33% 72% 15 25
Rowe N/A 0% 0 3
Rowley 42% 62% 12 66
Royalston* N/A 100% 0 14
Rutland 31% 41% 13 58
Salem 98% 90% 51 162
Salisbury 50% 84% 10 82
Sandisfield* N/A 100% 0 1
Sandwich 19% 21% 59 70
Saugus 71% 77% 7 35
Scituate 11% 25% 38 16
Seekonk 27% 56% 22 108
Sharon 40% 67% 25 72
Sheffield 92% 100% 13 84
Shelburne N/A 71% 0 28
Sherborn 12% 17% 17 138
Shirley 36% 24% 14 70
Shrewsbury 13% 29% 143 341
Shutesbury 50% 66% 2 53
Somerset 23% 21% 113 128
Somerville 35% 56% 20 39
South Hadley 78% 73% 9 44
Southampton 25% 46% 12 67
Southborough 3% 17% 29 156
Southbridge 49% 73% 39 41
Southwick 21% 11% 14 18
Spencer 49% 70% 47 80
Springfield 37% 26% 217 252
State Police 68% 77% 2,180 24,726
Sterling 40% 53% 25 118
Stockbridge 0% 6% 5 49
Stoneham 17% 18% 6 11
Stoughton 92% 97% 73 289
Stow 40% 50% 5 46
Sturbridge 38% 73% 50 187
Sudbury 9% 14% 175 375
Sunderland 100% 56% 3 16
Sutton 29% 47% 14 89
Swampscott 68% 50% 22 127
Swansea 12% 35% 49 165
Taunton 23% 26% 30 23
Templeton 17% 24% 69 114
Tewksbury 50% 45% 66 104
Tisbury 20% 56% 5 9
Tolland* N/A 100% 0 2
Topsfield 75% 73% 12 75
Townsend 9% 24% 86 205
Truro N/A 55% 0 60
Tyngsborough 59% 60% 29 138
Tyringham N/A 50% 0 8
Upton 20% 34% 20 190
Uxbridge 3% 14% 29 81
Wakefield 23% 26% 75 139
Wales* N/A 100% 0 1
Walpole 16% 26% 80 140
Waltham 16% 19% 226 625
Ware 40% 66% 25 56
Wareham 60% 66% 72 94
Warren 25% 56% 4 18
Warwick* N/A 100% 0 1
Watertown 47% 58% 116 544
Wayland* 100% 100% 6 26
Webster 39% 46% 18 37
Wellesley 36% 32% 127 395
Wellfleet 18% 47% 11 212
Wendell 50% 80% 4 5
Wenham 25% 27% 8 106
West Boylston 42% 36% 12 73
West Bridgewater 0% 36% 7 117
West Brookfield 40% 61% 10 142
West Newbury 47% 52% 17 84
West Springfield 70% 68% 33 161
West Stockbridge 0% 93% 1 59
West Tisbury 0% 28% 3 46
Westborough 13% 17% 123 428
Westfield 46% 57% 92 165
Westford 19% 37% 116 127
Westhampton N/A 86% 0 14
Westminster 74% 85% 19 230
Weston 8% 20% 36 226
Westport 60% 74% 35 90
Westwood 6% 10% 18 101
Weymouth 29% 42% 302 504
Whately 0% 63% 2 97
Whitman 100% 90% 12 40
Wilbraham 28% 34% 171 340
Williamsburg 67% 82% 3 56
Williamstown 21% 45% 33 134
Wilmington 9% 14% 89 264
Winchendon 36% 57% 11 21
Winchester 9% 7% 67 168
Windsor* N/A 100% 0 1
Winthrop 82% 89% 44 63
Woburn* 100% 100% 49 253
Worcester 85% 84% 593 645
Worcester County Sheriff 0% 33% 1 3
Worthington 0% 77% 1 13
Wrentham 42% 52% 38 154
Yarmouth 31% 36% 61 100

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