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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
(larger departments, ranked by size)

Note: Speeding citations only. Includes only departments with at least 100 citations to residents and to out-of-towners. The "hometown advantage" shows a difference in percentage points, subtracting one rate from the other.

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

Department % ticketed in-town % ticketed out-of-town Hometown advantage Citations in-town Citations out-of-town
Boston 51% 49% -2% 3,225 3,369
Plymouth 15% 14% -1% 822 610
Brookline 37% 46% 9% 266 1,070
Worcester 85% 84% -1% 593 645
Newton 7% 6% -1% 365 845
Falmouth 14% 18% 3% 430 696
Waltham 16% 19% 3% 226 625
Weymouth 29% 42% 14% 302 504
Bridgewater 6% 7% 1% 241 541
Dedham 22% 36% 14% 113 662
Franklin 21% 23% 2% 333 434
Norwood 10% 21% 10% 135 542
Chelsea 89% 87% -2% 128 537
Fall River 90% 87% -3% 311 350
Watertown 47% 58% 12% 116 544
Natick 74% 81% 7% 123 503
Barnstable 23% 29% 6% 337 278
Duxbury 7% 7% 0% 173 431
Marlborough 49% 51% 1% 259 325
Westborough 13% 17% 4% 123 428
Sudbury 9% 14% 5% 175 375
Wellesley 36% 32% -4% 127 395
Wilbraham 28% 34% 6% 171 340
Northbridge 8% 6% -2% 179 317
Canton 22% 45% 23% 115 378
Quincy 8% 5% -2% 221 264
Shrewsbury 13% 29% 16% 143 341
Newburyport 26% 25% -1% 139 331
Springfield 37% 26% -11% 217 252
Braintree 11% 9% -2% 118 343
Easton 30% 36% 6% 185 240
Lynn 61% 69% 8% 213 194
Attleboro 93% 90% -3% 150 248
Billerica 38% 63% 25% 129 260
Andover 33% 45% 12% 128 253
Revere 52% 54% 2% 133 246
Blackstone 30% 47% 16% 102 264
Reading 8% 6% -2% 138 217
Pittsfield 67% 79% 12% 167 181
Dracut 18% 14% -4% 141 189
Holden 25% 19% -6% 110 200
Agawam 30% 39% 9% 170 131
Chicopee 58% 63% 5% 106 179
Beverly 42% 57% 15% 110 171
Leominster 45% 60% 14% 150 124
Marshfield 58% 53% -5% 154 115
Westford 19% 37% 18% 116 127
Somerset 23% 21% -2% 113 128
Pembroke 19% 28% 9% 102 137

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